Moving Thunderbird Data to a New Computer
- Revision id: 163836
- Creator: Chris Ilias
- Comment: cleanup of kenptr's rewrite
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Copying all your Thunderbird email data
You can copy your Thunderbird data to a new computer with a simple 4-step procedure that copies your Profile and then tells Thunderbird where to find your Profile. In Thunderbird, your Profile is a set of computer files containing your personal information including messages, passwords and user preferences.
- To find the folder where your Profile is stored, select button. This will open a window showing information about your Profile folder. In this window, you will see a path of names, starting with names of parent folders that contain your Profile folder, and ending with the name of your Profile folder. The path will look something like this example: > This PC > Elements(D:) > Other Documents > Amy's Thunderbird Profile in the Thunderbird menu then look for "Profile Folder", and click on the
- Use File ExplorerWindows Explorer]Finderyour computer's file manager to copy your Profile folder to a new computer. You can put your Profile folder into a parent folder of your choice.Note: Do not copy a Profile folder while Thunderbird is running and using that Profile.
- Open the Thunderbird Profile Manager. For instructions, visit Use the Thunderbird Profile Manager to create a new profile.
- The Thunderbird Profile Manager displays a list of profiles recognized by Thunderbird, listed by name. You can think of each name in the list as a nickname that Thunderbird uses to identify each recognized profile. Here's an example of the Choose User Profile window:
Proceed to tell Thunderbird to recognize your new profile:
- Click the button,
- Click ,
- Enter a new nickname for your new Thunderbird Profile (this does not need to be the same as the name of your Profile folder),
- Click the button,
- Navigate to and select your new location's Profile folder that was set up in Step 2,
- Click ,
You will now see your new profile included in the list. If each time you start Thunderbird you want to select from a choice of profiles, uncheck the "Use the selected profile without asking ..." box.
To automatically use a specific profile whenever Thunderbird starts, select that profile and check the "Use the selected profile without asking ..." box. (You can always open the Choose User Profile window again, to change this setting.)
Close the Choose User Profile window by clicking thebutton.
Your Thunderbird Profile
Your Thunderbird Profile stores everything about your email, including locally stored messages and attachments, address lists, account settings, Thunderbird settings, stored passwords, tasks, calendar data, and data for add-on features. You can keep a Profile on just about any kind of storage or device.
Learn more about your Profile at Profiles - Where Thunderbird stores your messages and other user data.