Know How To Convert & Import Thunderbird Mail Into Outlook

Thunderbird by Mozilla Thunderbird & Outlook by Microsoft, are both extremely notable email applications. However, there is just this one difference that brings a lot of difference between them. Unlike Thunderbird, MS Outlook serves more than just emailing. The client is also known as a Personal Information Manager for its capability of letting users create and manage their personal data. This has majorly led a number of Thunderbird followers to opt for Outlook as their preferred communication platform.

This is why user queries like ‘how to import Thunderbird mail into Outlook 2013’ have been taking a lot of rounds online. As a result, this segment will be offering more than one such way to ensure that all your desired emails are successfully migrated into Outlook 2013 or any other version that you choose to work with.

The Many Ways Of Transferring Messages From Thunderbird to Outlook
Before you proceed with the migration of emails, know that the solutions will be divided in two categories; manual and utility based.

NOTE: Not all methods guarantee representing a perfect outcome.

Manual Ways of Email Transfer

These methods are preferable when a countable number of emails are required to be transferred.
  1. Forward As Attachment
    a. Run Thunderbird
    b. Select emails to be transferred (pressing CTRL simultaneously)
    c. Right click on the selected emails
    d. Select ‘Forward as Attachments’
    e. Type email address of the preferred Outlook profile
    f.  Hit the ‘Send’ button
  2. Save As EML
    a. Follow the above mentioned instructions till ‘Step C’
    b. Click on ‘Save As…’
    c. Select a destination folder of your choice and click on ‘Select Folder’ button
    d. Go to the chosen folder path and you will find the saved emails
  3. In both the methods, the output will be generated in an EML format file.
Utility Based Email Transfer
Using these programs will give you the choice to either transfer selective or bulk of email messages from Thunderbird.

1. ImportExportTools: This is an Add-On provided for Mozilla Thunderbird. By downloading its file and enabling it on the application, you can save emails/folder as: EML, HTML, Plain Text, MBOX, CSV and PDF

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Saving emails as EML, HTML, Plain Text or CSV will let you import them into Microsoft Outlook 2013 by simply dragging and dropping the messages in an existing/newly created folder.

2. Third Party Converter: Owing to the rapid rise in the queries demanding a guaranteed and dependable solution to know how to import Thunderbird mail into Outlook 2013 a large number of third party applications have emerged in the market. You can go for the one that comes with a freeware testing version to make sure it’s worth investing.

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Conclusion: On planning to go for a third party application, one can go for MBOX Converter which is also known as Thunderbird to Outlook converter. It can auto detect the MBOX source platform profile and let you convert emails from it to Outlook PST file. The added convenience and quick results that this tool provides are incomparable to any of the methods listed above.

My name is Stephen Ronald, an IT guy and working for a software development company. I have explained several methods to do the task and  Thunderbird to Outlook Converter is one such prominent solution which explores how to import Thunderbird mail into Outlook 2013 & other versions.

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