What Is the Procedure to Import Windows Live Mail to Thunderbird?

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Here’s what one user wrote on the Microsoft forum – “Is there a way to Import Windows Live Mail 2012 to Mozilla Thunderbird?” Through this post, you will learn methods or ways to import Windows Live Mail to Thunderbird.

How to Import Windows Live Mail to Thunderbird?

To import Windows Live Mail emails to Mozilla Thunderbird, here’s what you should do –

  • While exporting emails from Windows Live Mail, make sure you are doing it in .eml format.
  • Launch Thunderbird and go to “Local Folders” to create a folder.
  • Select the folder, right-click on it, and click “ImportExportTools”.
  • Now, select “Import all messages”.
  • Navigate to the .eml files folder. (C:UsersAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindows Live Mail is the default location of Windows Live Mail. If you wish, change the folder option to “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” to be able to see the folder “App Data”.)
  • Next, click on the “Open” option.

The above steps are the easiest when it comes to importing Windows Live Mail to Mozilla Thunderbird.

How to Import Windows Live Mail Contacts to Thunderbird?

Perform the following steps to import Windows Live Mail contacts to Thunderbird.

  • Begin the process by exporting contacts in .csv format (from Outlook). (Note: Refer to the below section.)
  • Now, launch Mozilla Thunderbird. Navigate to “Tools” and select “Import”.
  • Here, you need to select “Address Books”.
  • Click on the “Next” option.
  • Select Text file (.txt, .csv, .tab, LDIF).
  • Click on the “Next” option.
  • Choose “All Files” from the drop-down list.
  • Select the exported .csv file.
  • Click on the “Open” button.

How to Export Contacts from Windows Live Mail (Outlook)?

Before you perform the following steps to export contacts from Windows Live Mail, here’s a thing that you should know. A copy of your contacts is saved to a CSV file or other file type when the users export their contacts from Outlook.

  • Launch Outlook and go to “File”.
  • Here, you will see the “Open & Export” option.
  • Click on it and navigate to “Import/ Export” (Import or export files and settings).
  • A new page (Import and Export Wizard) will open. You need to choose an action to perform. Select “Export to a file”.
  • Click on the “Next” option.
  • Here, you need to select “Comma Separated Values”.
  • On the next screen/ box “Select folder to export from”, select “Contacts”. It will have several folders.
  • Click on the “Next” button.
  • Select the “Browse” option and click on the “OK” button.
  • After confirming the location for your new contacts file, click “Next”.
  • Click on the “Finish”button. It will export your contacts. You will see something like this – “Import and Export Progress” (Exporting Contacts from ‘Contacts’ to My exported contacts .csv).
  • Check the new .csv file on your computer and make sure all your contacts are intact. (Don’t panic if you come across empty cells. This is just normal.)
  • Use Excel to update the information in your .csv file.

Have you borrowed a computer with Outlook from a friend? In that case, you should always remove your account from his/ her version of Windows Live Mail (Outlook). The steps to remove your account are as follows –

  • Launch Outlook and go to the “File” tab.
  • Now, select “Account Settings” > “Account Settings”.
  • To get rid of an account, select it.
  • Click on the “Remove” button.
  • Choose “Close”.

Your contacts are copied. Import them to another desktop with Outlook for Windows on it. You can also import the contacts to another email service.

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