Thunderbird provides a great alternative e-mail program. Like Outlook, it installs on your computer and retrieves your messages right to the computer. There are many reasons to use Thunderbird. Not only as an e-mail program, you can use it to download and archive e-mail from other web based services, such as AOL, or others.
If your computer fails or if you have moved on to a newer computer system you will want to export and then import your addresses from Thunderbird. If you can still access your old system, open Thunderbird and go to the Address Book. Click Tools and then Export. Pick a location, such as an external device, (usb…), to export the addresses to. Then take the device to the new system and repeat the process, only select Import.
If you do not have access to the old system, but can access the hard drive, you will need to go to the folder containing the addresses. Copy the files, (abook.mab and history.mab), and then paste to the new system in the same location.
The data is located in C:|Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\Profile name. Typically the profile name are numbers and letters followed by .default.
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