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Personal Address Book import created a second Address Book instead of importing into the default Personal Address Book. How do I merge the import into default?

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In Thunderbird, Address Book, I selected Tools and Export and saved my Personal Address Book as a LDIF file. I went to my new computer and opened the Address Book in Thunderbird, highlighted the folder Personal Address Book (default) and clicked on Tools, Import. The old Personal Address Book didn't import into the default Personal Address Book on the new computer but instead a new address book called Personal Address Book was created. How do I get my old Personal Address Book to be in the default Personal Address Book and not in a second Personal Address Book? As the original (empty) Personal Address Book on the new computer is the default it can't be deleted so I can just delete it and keep the new one.

In Thunderbird, Address Book, I selected Tools and Export and saved my Personal Address Book as a LDIF file. I went to my new computer and opened the Address Book in Thunderbird, highlighted the folder Personal Address Book (default) and clicked on Tools, Import. The old Personal Address Book didn't import into the default Personal Address Book on the new computer but instead a new address book called Personal Address Book was created. How do I get my old Personal Address Book to be in the default Personal Address Book and not in a second Personal Address Book? As the original (empty) Personal Address Book on the new computer is the default it can't be deleted so I can just delete it and keep the new one.

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Select all the contacts in the 2nd address book (Ctrl+A) and drag them onto the icon for Personal Address Book. This will move the contacts from one to the other; hold Ctrl during drag and drop to copy instead.

You could also copy abook.mab (and history.mab, Collected Addresses) from the old computer's profile and overwrite the one in the profile on the new computer. Help/Troubleshooting Information, click Open Folder to open the profile folder, close TB before making any changes.

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Select all the contacts in the 2nd address book (Ctrl+A) and drag them onto the icon for Personal Address Book. This will move the contacts from one to the other; hold Ctrl during drag and drop to copy instead.

You could also copy abook.mab (and history.mab, Collected Addresses) from the old computer's profile and overwrite the one in the profile on the new computer. Help/Troubleshooting Information, click Open Folder to open the profile folder, close TB before making any changes.

Select all the contacts in the 2nd address book (Ctrl+A) and drag them onto the icon for Personal Address Book. This will move the contacts from one to the other; hold Ctrl during drag and drop to copy instead. You could also copy abook.mab (and history.mab, Collected Addresses) from the old computer's profile and overwrite the one in the profile on the new computer. Help/Troubleshooting Information, click Open Folder to open the profile folder, close TB before making any changes.

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Thank you! I opened the new book and selected one contact. I went to the Edit tab and clicked Select all. I dragged the selected contacts to the default Personal Address book folder. It worked!!!! So I deleted the now empty second Personal Address Book. Problem solved! Thanks so much for the easy and speedy response!!!

Thank you! I opened the new book and selected one contact. I went to the Edit tab and clicked Select all. I dragged the selected contacts to the default Personal Address book folder. It worked!!!! So I deleted the now empty second Personal Address Book. Problem solved! Thanks so much for the easy and speedy response!!!