Transfer Email from OE to Thunderbird

Dear Computer Lady,

I am switching computers (both winXP Pro). Is there a way to take email out of Outlook Express on first computer and put it in the regular email inbox on second computer which the email client on that computer is Thunderbird with out sending it all to my self again.

Thank you, Denny


Dear Denny,

The first thing you will need to do, is save your e-mail files in Outlook Express on the old computer. To do that, you will need to locate the files and then transfer them to a disk or data stick.

To locate your Outlook Express files:

1. Open Outlook Express. Click on “Tools” in the menu bar, then click on “Options”.

2. In the “Options” window, click on the “Maintenance” tab.

3. On the Maintenance page, find the button that says “Store Folder…” and click on it.

4. A small window will appear that is named “Store Location”. In this window is the path that leads to the location of your Outlook Express files.

5. You will need to get to this folder that holds your OE files. The easiest way I have found to do this, is to copy the location, then click on “Start” and “Run”, paste the location into the run box and click “OK”

6. If you prefer, you can use “My Computer” to follow the path.

Now that you have located your files, you can simply drag them to your disk or data stick.

The first thing you need to do on your new computer is to import your files into Outlook Express. Even though you want your messages in Thunderbird, the only way I have found to get them into Thunderbird is to have them in Outlook Express first.

To import your files into Outlook Express:

1. Open Outlook Express. Click on “File” in the menu bar, then point to “Import” and click on “Messages…”

2. In the Outlook Express import window, select the type of messages you are importing. It is probably “Microsoft Outlook Express 6” and then click on the “Next” button.

3. The next step is to select the location you are importing from. In this case your files are stored on your data stick, so you will want to select “Import mail from and OE6 store directory” and then click “OK”.

4. In the next step, you will need to browse for your files. When you have found them, click “OK” and then “Next”.

5. Select the mail folders that you want to import, and then click Open.

Your final step is to import your mail into the Thunderbird e-mail program. Here is how to do that:

1. Open Thunderbird, and click on “Tools” in the menu bar, then click on “Import”.

2. An “Import” window will open. Click next to “Mail” and then click “Next”

3. Select the type of Mail you are importing, in this case it is “Outlook Express” and click “Next”

4. Your mail will be automatically imported, and you will see the results in the “Import” window. Just click “Finish” to close the window.


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