Setup Mozilla Thunderbird so it leaves a copy on server when importing from Outlook Express

Posted on 2007-10-15
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I imported a Comcast account with about 150 emails in the inbox into Outlook Express.  Transfer was ok but did not leave copy of emails in Comcast.   Using Thunderbird Resend extention to resend  emails back to Comcast.   I know this will retain original Sender's name but date will be current date not original date.

  If I install Thunderbird on computer with Outlook Express Comcast emails will it automatically bring all contents in Outlook Inbox into Thunderbird so I can resend?   Want to make sure a copy is kept on Comcast server.  In fact, really just want emails currently in Outlook Express.   Thanks.


Question by:DavidDF1913
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Greetings DavidDF1913 !

Yes, during the installation process, you will be prompted to install the emails from OE to Tbird. Select yes.  Then use the MailRedirect extension to move emails back to Comcast server.  The display date will change to today. The header will show the original receive date.

Hope this helps, war1

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Thanks for help.  How do I make sure email copies left on server when I run Thunderbird?   I checked automatically import from Outllok Express during Thunderbird setup.   Hope Thunderbird imports from Outlook before copying new emails from Comcast server.  As I said, I dont need or want new emails, just transferred batch already in Outlook.


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In Thunderbird, select Tools > Account Settings.  Select your account Server Settings on left menu.  Check "Leave messages on server". Click OK to apply.
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Are you using the MailRedirect function properly?  Simply test with one email at a time.  
Select the email, Right click on it and choose ReDirect, then put the original emails address back in the Re-Sent to area and hit the Redirect button.  

As war1 points out, leave the messages on server as directed by him, but you should also confirm that Outlook Express is set that way also.

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David, when you import the messages to TB, what dates are shown? Imported dates, or Received dates?
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David, any update?

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