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michaelschofield
 
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Post Posted January 23rd, 2016, 6:47 am

I have just taken over as the secretary of a small organisation and "inherited" all emails from the former secretary. The emails are from a PC using "Windows Live Mail" and have been passed to me on a USB memory stick. I use a Mac (OS 10.11.1 El Capitan) and "Thunderbird" (38.5.1)

I have downloaded, and I think installed the "add-on" "ImportExportTools 3.2.4.1" but don't seem able to import the WLM files. When I click on "Tools/Add-ons" it shows that "ImportExportTools" is there, but when I click on "Tools/Import/Mail" it only gives the options for Apple and Eudora. If when I click on "Tools/ImportExportTools" there is no option for WLM and just selecting "Import message" or "Import all messages from a directory" doesnt result in any action or importing. Where am I going wrong?

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Post Posted January 23rd, 2016, 8:42 am

WLM messages should be in EML format which can be imported using the ImportExportTools extension.
Before initiating the menu path to the extension, be sure to select a folder in the left hand pane of the main Thunderbird window into which the messages will be imported.

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Post Posted January 23rd, 2016, 8:44 am

Thank you Dan. But I just don't see any option for EML in the ImportExportTools. And just selecting "Import" from Tools achives nothing. i.e. nothing gets imported

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Post Posted January 23rd, 2016, 9:01 am

What file name extension do the message files on that memory stick have? If you open one of them with a text editor is the content readable or does it look like computer code?

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Post Posted January 23rd, 2016, 9:37 am

Dan. I've resolved the problem. The files were not in the Directory marked "emails" on the memory stick. Now that I have foumd the .eml files they imported seamlessly!! Sorry to have wasted your and other contributors time. regards Mike

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Post Posted January 23rd, 2016, 10:48 am

Not a problem, Mike. Glad to hear that you worked things out successfully.

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