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Peter

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Importing Address Book
« on: August 07, 2009, 10:01:29 PM »

I want to return to using Outlook Express as I am having som problems with Thunderbird, can some one remind me how to import my Thunderbird address books to OE please?

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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009, 07:52:31 AM »

This is a perennial pain with Thunderbird and one of the reasons that I do not use anything by Mozilla, as they do not tell you prior to installing TBird that moving an address book back to Outlook Express is a hit or miss affair.

Outlook Express holds the address book as a .wab file which TBird will recognize and import happily.....but TBird holds its address book as a .cvs or a .ldif file, which Outlook Express is not so happy about.

First thing to try is in Outlook Express go file>import>other address book (note the "other").......hopefully you will find in that dialogue when it opens a reference to either .cvs or .ldif and by clicking on that you may get the addresses.

Failing that, you may have to go into Tbird and file>export the address book to a preselected folder you have created and then use a .cvs to .wab converter such as http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/1949 then use the Outlook Express file>import function.

I have never used such a converter, and have no idea if the prog. associated with the above link is clean or effective, but there are dozens of such progs listed on a google search so which to use may be a lottery.
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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2009, 08:07:32 AM »

This is what the Thunderbird online help says about exporting. I don't know if it helps:

http://www.mozilla.org/support/thunderbird/faq#export
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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2009, 08:18:09 AM »

You will notice from roseway's link that Tbird is happy to export messages, but there is nothing in that link about exporting address books. :(
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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2009, 10:10:49 AM »

Ah yes, sorry, I was thinking about exporting messages, not address books. :-[
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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2009, 12:13:55 PM »

Thanks everyone for for the input, the only reason I want to change is because I have found that attachments such as word doc, Power point files and sometime Windows media player will not open correctly from the email, If I save them they open fine.

Otherwise I like Thunderbird

Apologies for using the wrong topic site. :-[

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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2009, 12:26:00 PM »

I actually deliberately save my OE address book backup as a CSV so that its in a universally accepted by different mail clients should I wish to use another one.

After formatting, or a new install Ive found it easy to import the CSV back in to OE.

> File
> Import
> Other Address Book
> Text File (Comma Separated Values)


I dont use TB...  but I should imagine it will have a setting to save its address book as a CSV
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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2009, 12:36:33 PM »

>> dont use TB...  but I should imagine it will have a setting to save its address book as a CSV

Yes it does, it's available from the 'Address Book' dialog.
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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2009, 02:46:29 PM »

Where would I find Address Book Dialogue please Roseway?

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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2009, 02:55:14 PM »

I use the Linux version, but I assume that the Windows version is very similar. There's an icon on the main toolbar, labelled 'Address Book'. Click on that and I get the dialog. Export is under the Tools menu in the dialog.
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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2009, 03:03:01 PM »

Can't see any dialog in mine Roseway. :no: :-[

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Re: Importing Address Book
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2009, 03:15:56 PM »

Sorry, there must be some differences then. I expect that my version (2.0.0.19) is older than yours. The Address Book dialog is also accessible from the main Tools menu on mine.
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