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How do I export Thunderbird email?

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I have Thunderbird installed on my PC. It was tied to an email account which has recently been moved to a different server (MX records changed etc). However, the user still needs to sometimes access info from the old account.

1. How can I export or transfer the emails and data etc from my Thunderbird installation to his PC (new Thunderbird install)?

2. Will he be able to access the emails and data even though the account will not be active (offline)?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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1) you can copy the entire profile dir across; further, you can copy it to a copy of Thunderbird Portable on a thumbdrive, so that the recipient doesn't need to copy it someplace special on receipt, just run up the app from the thumbdrive and it will work fine.
To locate the profile folder, go to the "troubleshooting information" option on the help menu - there is a button for "show folder" near the top that takes you straight there :)

2) if they are cached locally in thunderbird (the default) yes.  Normally (for imap accounts) there is a folder "imap" in the profile, under that is a folder per imap account, and in there is a file or files in mbox format containing mail, with the file name matching the folder name visible in thunderbird (so INBOX for the inbox, and so forth) - I would suggest for test purposes, copy to TB Portable and launch it yourself so you can tell what the recipient will see (and so you can remove anything from config or mail that you don't need to keep)
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