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How to import PST folders to ThunderBird in platforms other than Windows

September 18, 2010

How to import PST files in thunderbird in a non Windows machine:

Okay, first of all you will need two PCs in order to get this done, as well you will need one add-on for ThunderBird called “LocalFolder”  and a software called MozBack (Just for the sake of making things easier)

1- First go to a Windows PC, make sure you have Outlook
2- Import the PST files to Outlook
3- Install ThunderBird, and go to tools, Import, and make sure to choose Outlook
4- Once emails are imported, Install MozBack, and backup thunderbird, a folder will be created in the directory chosen by you
5- Change the file format to .zip, by clicking right click, properties, and change the extension to .zip
6- Unzip the folder and copy the file within named “Local Folders” insidethe folder “Mail”
7- Go to your other PC, with the other OS -I expect by this time you have downloaded and installed the add on called “LocalFolder”- and go to Tools–>account setting–>from the drop down menu under account actions, choose “Create new local folder”
8- Now ThunderBird will ask you to rename the folder and set the path “Directory”, just direct it to the “Local Folder” folder you copied earlier
9- Right click on the new created folder, and create these three folders “Inbox”, “Sent” and “Trash”, once done you will see your emails are imported

10- Now just drag and drop the emails to your main local folder and you are done!

Imagine to find this way around, it took me 4 hours!

Please be a nice fella and inform ThunderBird users about this…kapeesh

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  1. عبدالمحسن permalink
    June 4, 2011 6:20 pm

    شكرا لك احمد على الشرح

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