One of my email account will be closed soon; how to transfer all of them or save in my computer?

Posted on 2007-11-18
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Hi, Experts,

I have an email account will be closed soon. I would like to transfer many important emails to another account of mine or save the emails in my computer. Could you please tell me a way to do it? Of course,
I do not want to transfer it one by one.

Thanks you!
Question by:zzhang2006
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Expert Comment

ID: 20309914
I am assuming that you are talking about POP mail accounts.  If you are using Outlook, you can simply setup the new account as a second account in Outlook and as long as you have downloaded everything from the server to your client, the e-mail will stay in your Outlook client.  You simply cut off the second account when you are done with it.
If there is some need to transfer the e-mail to a new computer, you can use the import and export features of Outlook and us a PST file for the transfer.  However, you will only need that if you are transferring to a new computer.

Expert Comment

ID: 20309919
I accidently said cut off the second account.  I meant cut off the old account when you are finished with it.

Author Comment

ID: 20309973

!. That email accout, it said it is webmail account, I do not know if it is a POP mail account. How could I know it?
2. Right now for that account, I did not use Outlook before; however, could I set that email accout up as one of account in outlook now, then do what you said?


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Expert Comment

ID: 20309989
If it is webmail, the messages are stored on the server and you will lose them if it is cancelled.  The way to fix this is to ask the mail company for instructions for setting up Outlook, then download all the mail from their server to Outlook on your computer.  Once this is done, you can setup the new e-mail account in Outlook and temporarily have both of them downloading mail.  After that, cancel the old one.  The key is installing a client like Outlook on your computer and attaching to the server through it, otherwise, the mail will be stuck on the server.

Author Comment

ID: 20310048
Thank a lot!

That email account is from a university I have worked for several  years. Now i am not there for a year.

Do you guess I can set up outlook for that account?


Accepted Solution

chafer earned 250 total points
ID: 20310059
Normally the answer is yes, but that depends upon the restrictions of the university.  I'm currently doing graduate work and the university firewalls prohibit protocols required for a full e-mail client like Outlook.  Tell your university tech department that you need to setup Outlook and ask them if it will work.  Techically, it should not be a problem, but some schools prohibit this by blocking protocols.

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