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How to move messages from dead IMAP account to Local Folders

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brian.r.hamilton
 
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Joined: August 23rd, 2017, 2:51 pm

Post Posted August 23rd, 2017, 3:04 pm

Hello,

I have numerous IMAP accounts in Thunderbird where my access to the server no longer exists. Most of the messages are stored locally in Thunderbird's folder structure, so I am able to read them, etc. I would like to delete the account in Thunderbird but first I need to move all the messages to Local Folders as they are quite important. I made the mistake of thinking that because I could still see them in Thunderbird, it would be simple to clean up this mess when I finally had time (which is now).

When I try to move the messages by dragging & dropping, Thunderbird insists on accessing the server which is impossible because the IMAP account no longer exists on the server. As a result, I am asked to provide the account password, etc., which obviously won't work, or Cancel. Cancel stops the moving process so I am unable to do anything with these messages.

How can I move these messages to Local Folders where I know they are safe & secure so that I can delete the IMAP account from Thunderbird for good?

brian.r.hamilton
 
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Joined: August 23rd, 2017, 2:51 pm

Post Posted August 23rd, 2017, 3:15 pm

Solved! Apparently this is a great use for Work Offline. That was simple. Hopefully someone else finds this useful.

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