How To Save Email Folders

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I love your newsletter, I have learned so much from you.

My question is, how can I save the folders in my email program. Would like to put them in an external hard drive. I have Win 7, windows mail.

Have to clean my computer to factory condition, but don’t want to lose my email folders.

Can you help? Thanks so much. Miriam

Dear Miriam,

Transferring email folders from one computer to another can be tricky, but with a little bit of preperation, you can make it easy.

First, open Windows Mail, and click on the “File” tab.

Under File, point to “Export Email” and click on “Email Messages”.

You will need to select the format you want to export the mail to, just click on “Microsoft Windows Live Mail” and click, “Next”.

Now, you will need to select the location to save your messages. Click the “Browse” button and select your external hard drive, and click, “OK” then click, “Next”.

Select the folders you want to export, either all folders, or just specific folders, then click “Next” to start the export, and click “Finish” when it is complete.

When you are ready to put the email back on your cleaned out computer, just open Windows Live Mail, and use the “File” and “Import” menu.



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