A while ago I gave up using an old XP PC and Outlook Express, and moved over to a new one and Thunderbird, but never had the time to get TBird organised properly: now I d… (read more)
A while ago I gave up using an old XP PC and Outlook Express, and moved over to a new one and Thunderbird, but never had the time to get TBird organised properly: now I do and starting to think about it.
Email was imported into Thunderbird from OE and, ever since, an extensive set of my own storage/filing folders and subfolders that were in OE (where I moved/redistributed Sent and Received messages) have been sitting within a folder called "Outlook Express Import", which itself sits inside Local Folders -- it's where the import process put them.
Also in Local Folders is a unified Inbox etc for the multiple accounts existing at the time of the changeover/import. All mail on these pre-existing accounts currently comes into and goes out from the unified folders. Several older addresses from a previous ISP are still in use to an extent, in addition to ones with the current ISP, and all were/are POP3. The unified Inbox etc for multiple accounts was fine as I was used to it in OE, and in many ways prefer it.
Quite recently a couple of new/additional email accounts were created for the first time since the changeover, and Thunderbird put these outside Local Folders, each with their own Inbox, Sent and so forth. It's given me the chance to see how I get along with separate Inboxes: not sure yet, but meanwhile a couple of questions.
If I DID decide on separate Inboxes for the older ex-OE accounts, rather than unified, how do I achieve this?
Maybe I used the wrong search terms, but so far haven't found how to move them outside of Local Folders and the unified setup, which Thunderbird organised while importing.
In the wizard would I set up another (duplicate) account in each case as if it was a new one, but call it something slightly different and enter the relevant details, so that TBird then created it outside of Local Folders? Then delete the older entries once these were created?
Seems a longwinded method, and also not sure if TBird would allow it if it detected details were identical to an existing account?
Is there a better way I haven't found?
The "Outlook Express Import" folder seemed rather superfluous once the importing deed was done -- an extra level in the folder structure that wasn't really necessary.
What I'd like to do with all the many folders inside it is move/drag them up one level, so they're directly in Local Folders rather than nested within the extra OE Import folder. Then delete the Import folder once it's emptied.
Before doing this I wanted to check the OE Import folder didn't have any special or unusual status within Thunderbird, bearing in mind they're older messages that (a) didn't originate in TBird and (b) used to be in a different format in OE. I wondered if the fact that TBird created it there in the first place, and put all my storage folders inside it, was particularly important or significant now (post-import) for some reason, maybe in the way it handles the older messages stored inside, how it's able to find them or something like that?
Bottom line concern: will anything adversely affect the stored messages if these folders are dragged to another location? I'd hate to forego ready access, be unable to read anything, move them around, search/find, print etc.
I wouldn't want to risk losing any of it obviously, but one particular chunk of folders/messages is very important as it relates to a business and MUST be retained and safely stored for several years (all the Thunderbird mail is backed up), but there's a lot of it in a whole series of many storage folders + sub-folders + sub-sub-folders and so on, per subject, person or whatever. Too many and too much to easily check it was all still usable, beyond picking on and testing some random messages in a few folders here and there.
So before charging ahead with moving/dragging them to a new location in Local Folders, it would be good to be reassured there are no adverse consequences -- or indeed any consequences :))
Only checking something briefly with this one. I'm not sure archiving messages is something I really need Thunderbird to do, given I already move most messages out of Inbox and Sent to the filing/storage folders. If I don't want Thunderbird automatically archiving messages, would I only need to untick the checkbox for "Keep message archives in..." in the Copies & Folders section for each account? It would then leave me to continue dealing with everything manually without TBird deciding at some point it would move a chunk of messages somewhere else, yes?
Thank you so much.