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I'm using Thunderbird and I have 3 computers.  It's a pain having to add a contact to all three address books.

Does anyone know how to change the default path of where the address book is stored, so I can point the path to my dropbox account, this way, I can do this on all three computers and I only have one address book?
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8/22/2022 - Mon
ElrondCT

You can use an LDAP Directory server. This requires setting up some software on a server (web, or on your internal network), then loading the addresses. I'm sorry that I don't know of a way to simply move the address books to a new, shared location.

A good description of how to set up an LDAP server is at: http://www.sudleyplace.com/LDAP/index.en.html
rindi

For gmail you can use the thunderbird addon "gContactSync". For other mail providers, you should have similar addons that work for them.
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Well, I found a way to move the entire profile folder folder over to dropbox, but that includes all my emails and everything else, which I don't link because it's slower then running directly on my HD.
Also, it takes up more space or valuable space from my dropbox account, because I have the free account.
What I did is copy the profile folder to dropbox and then in the run box I ran: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe -profilemanager
Then just created a new profile and selected the location where I had moved my files to.
Then just told it to use this new profile as the default profile.

This actually works, but I don't want everything to run from dropbox, just my address book.

Does anyone else know how to just move the address book to a different location than the default location?
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The sync with all my accounts will not work, I'm not going to have 3 or 4 different email accounts try to sync, that just doesn't make sense.

The portable apps solution doesn't make sense either, I don't want to carry around a USB just so I can check my email.

I'll try the suggestion from Elrond, and if that works, then I guess I can leave the profile folder in my dropbox and that will solve my issue.

I'll keep you updated.
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Thanks guys, what did the trick is this:

What I did is copy the profile folder to dropbox and then in the run box I ran: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe -profilemanager
Then just created a new profile and selected the location where I had moved my files to.
Then just told it to use this new profile as the default profile.

This actually works, but I don't want everything to run from dropbox, just my address book.

Then I just went to the settings for each mailbox and directed the email to be stored on my local PC.

This does what I wanted, Thunderbird should make this easier for people to do, but oh well.

Thanks again for your help