Tips to Migrate Emails from Outlook to Thunderbird

Millions of the people use Outlook to manage the exchange of emails on their accounts. However, in order to avoid loss of data when Outlook crashes, users should make a back-up of their Outlook data elsewhere. They can use another email management client such as Thunderbird to secure their data. Lets see how to migrate to Thunderbird from Outlook.

Microsoft Outlook email management client allows users to create and manage emails received in their email account. An email management client lets users manage their emails more efficiently than web based email services. Apart from offering state-of-the-art email management options, Outlook also comes with some useful office productivity features, allowing users to create notes, tasks, calender, journal entries and even surf the Web. However, no matter how efficient a software client is, it may suffer from crippling glitches from time to time, that might hamper the operations. Therefore it is advisable to make back-ups of the data for Outlook recovery. One way to secure data is to make copies of the OST or PST files in Outlook. OST files store Outlook data for users to access it when offline. PST files are personal files that store emails, personal user information and other configurations on Outlook. When Outlook crashes, users can use these files to restore the data, thereby making the information accessible again. Another way to secure Outlook data is to migrate the files to other email management software. One of the most popular email management client is Thunderbird, developed by Mozilla, the makers of the popular Firefox browser. In order to migrate to Mozilla Thunderbird from Microsoft Outlook, you would first need to open the Thunderbird client. Thunderbird is quite easy to understand so there will no such problem in figuring your way around the application. After opening the application, go to the ‘Tools’ menu and click on the ‘Import’ option. A window will open, prompting you to select the type of material you want to import. Select ‘Address Book’ and click the ‘Next’ tab. A list of software clients will open for you to select from. Select ‘Outlook’ and click on ‘Next’. Remember, it is important that you do everything by the book, otherwise steps taken to facilitate Outlook recovery will be pointless and all data will be lost. Now, when you click ‘Next’ after selecting Outlook, if Outlook is not set as your default email client, then an error message will appear. In order to avoid the error, open Outlook and click on ‘Yes’ when it asks you to make it your default web client. When this is done, go back to Thunderbird and repeat the process of selecting ‘Outlook’ to import the address book. If everything goes according to plan, you will be notified that the Outlook address book has been successfully imported to Thunderbird. When this notification appears, click on ‘Finish’ to back to the main software window. Now, in order to view the imported address book, click on the ‘Address Book’ tab on the main window. When you do this, a new list, which goes by the name ‘Contacts’, will appear on the left window pane. Click on it to access it. In order to import all the mails on Outlook, again visit the ‘Tool’ menu and click on the ‘Import’ option. But this time, select ‘Mail’ instead of ‘Address Book’ for importing the email. However, if something goes wrong Outlook in the meantime, you can use DataNumen Outlook Repair tool from DataNumen for Outlook recovery.

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