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Thunderbird set as default email client - yet still receiving emails to desktop Outlook

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hi In spite of setting Thunderbird as my default email client both in TB and in Windows 10 - I'm still receiving emails to my desktop Outlook.

I'm in the process of transitioning from Outlook to TB, I've got heaps of emails in folders I somehow need to transfer across as I often need to refer to them, so I need to STOP receiving emails to Outlook without actually shutting it down.

Why is my DEFAULT selection of TB not working and how can I fix that?

also - I would be grateful for any tips on transferring my Outlook emails in folders to TB. Can I somehow just transfer the folders?

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hi In spite of setting Thunderbird as my default email client both in TB and in Windows 10 - I'm still receiving emails to my desktop Outlook. I'm in the process of transitioning from Outlook to TB, I've got heaps of emails in folders I somehow need to transfer across as I often need to refer to them, so I need to STOP receiving emails to Outlook without actually shutting it down. Why is my DEFAULT selection of TB not working and how can I fix that? also - I would be grateful for any tips on transferring my Outlook emails in folders to TB. Can I somehow just transfer the folders? thanks

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A default email client is the client that is activated if there is a mailto: link from a web page; it does not mean that other email clients, when started, do not continue to function normally. On transferring files, TB has an import feature, so it's unclear what you're requesting.

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I'm sorry but this doesn't make any sense. what do you mean by "if there is a mailto: link from a web page" ?

A "default" program means a program that will always open unless another program is selected for the specific type of file. That's what "default" means.

I have three or four programs that can open a .jpg file. I have selected ONE of them as the default program. When I open a .jpg file, my default program opens the file - not all 4 programs at the same time.

Likewise, I can select in the Windows settings a DEFAULT program for my mail out of three - Windows Mail, Outlook and TB. Windows Mail doesn't receive my mail even when it's open, so how come Outlook still does?

re transferring Outlook files - I leave it for now. thanks.

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Of your several programs than can open a jpg file, if you start them, they are still capable of opening jpg files. I have Thunderbird as a default and thunderbird beta also. Both of them retrieve messages when open, but only Thunderbird reacts to a mailto link. Likewise, I have several browsers, all of which function similarly, but only the default reacts to an HTML link. So, your Outlook client, when started, will retrieve messages.

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yes that's true, but mailto: link only opens the default email client when I click on it.

This is of no importance to me as I can always select which email client I want to use to send an email from.

My issue is about receiving emails , as I'm getting them to both Outlook and TB, while I want to transition from Outlook completely and close it. Sorting out and importing my emails is a huge job which will take me few weeks - that's not something I can do in one hour.

And this job is getting bigger with the new emails I receive to Outlook every day ( I have several accounts business and personal), as I will need to sort out which of these emails I already have in TB and which I do not to avoid duplication (the starting date is not enough).

In this case I need to disable my email accounts in Outlook.

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Okay, as I understand it, you are already receiving messages from Outlook in TB. Are you not able to stop Outlook from running? That seems the immediate need.

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I didn't close Outlook as I'm still accessing my emails in the folders there, but I have removed my accounts from it to stop receiving emails.

This may seem like an obvious immediate action; but I wanted to test TB first as I've never used it before, whether it suits my needs.

Now I can focus on sorting out my emails there (delete, archive, export to TB).

so for now, the issue is closed. thanks

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