How to Compact Folders in Thunderbird?

Over time, the file ruins the space in a significant amount, swelling and unnecessary. The only real solution for this is to create a new file without junk. It is called Compact folders in Thunderbird. People who use Outlook will be familiar with a signal to be compressed. This is the same thing with a different name. When you delete or move e-mail from a folder, Thunderbird and other e-mail programs actually “hide” them, and these hidden eMail still live in the folder. Emptying the waste also does not remove them permanently.

These hidden e-mails remain in the folder until it becomes compact. If you do not compact folders, your mail folders can be very large. The program will also behave incorrectly, so it is a good idea to do this from time to time. Do not confuse with compacting folders with compress file. This is not a unique feature of Thunderbird. The main difference is that by default most other email clients automatically compact the folder when some amount of space is wasted.

Compact Folders in Thunderbird

To compact all the folders in a single account:

Click on the account the left side and then click on “File >Compact Folders“. Depending on how much mail you have in compacting an account and how you have compacted the folders recently. it may take a few seconds or a few minutes. If you have a problem doing this and the process is trying to compact one folder at a time. click on the folder and select “Compact This Folder“.

Note: Try to avoid downloading e-mails while compacting the folder. It has been reported that it may cause corruption or “Folder is being processed” error.

For POP3 accounts: If offline support is installed, firstly go offline (“File > Offline> Work Offline”, or simply click on the icon that as look as a lightbulb in the bottom left corner). For IMAP accounts: You can’t compact folders unless you are online.

Compact folders for IMAP accounts

For IMAP accounts, Thunderbird can automatically compact the inbox when you exit it. Go to “Tools > Account Settings > (Account Name) Server Settings” and exit on “Clear inbox”. If you check “Empty trash” at the exit time, then it will be empty and compact the Trash folder when Exit Thunderbird. You can also take help of Inbox IMAP setting for Mozilla Thunderbird.

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Convert Outlook .pst files to Thunderbird

Thunderbird can’t import a .pst or .ost file. Most import tools and Thunderbird require that a compatible version of Outlook be installed on PCs used to Convert Outlook .pst files to Thunderbird and To import messages from Outlook to Thunderbird, Outlook should be the default mail client. Mail import from Outlook works by using the Outlook program for email sources, not the built-in .pst file. Note that Thunderbird is a 32-bit program, so it can not be imported from the 64-bit version of Outlook.

How to Convert Outlook .pst files to Thunderbird?

If you want to switch to Thunderbird and will no longer have access to Outlook, we will guide you through the process of transferring your .pst and .ost files to Thunderbird.

  1. Search your local .pst and .ost files

Outlook will store your .pst and .ost files anywhere in the App Data folder for Windows user: For example, look for Microsoft Office sites for locations of Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, and Outlook 2013. You may have at least two mail files, both of which will need to be imported into Thunderbird. Whether it is in PST (outlook.pst, archive.pst) or Ost (outlook.ost) format, depending on which type of mail server and what Outlook you are using then, convert outlook .pst files to Thunderbird

  1. Convert your emails from .pst and .ost files to mbox

convert outlook .pst files to Thunderbird

  1. Find your Thunderbird “Local Folders”

Open the Mozilla Thunderbird, Right click on “Local Folders” then choose “Settings”. Now you will see “Local directory” for your “Account Settings”.

convert outlook .pst files to Thunderbird

Something like this,
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\7l36jvtj.default\Mail\Local Folders
(You will have to allow “Show hidden files, folders, and drives)

  1. Copy mbox files into the Local Folders

Exit the Thunderbird and go to your “Local Folders” directory in an explorer and drag and drop your mbox files in that destination.

  1. Browse mbox

Restart Thunderbird, and you can see the mailbox in your Local Folders list.

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Inbox IMAP settings in Mozilla Thunderbird

IMAP settings in Mozilla Thunderbird

Thunderbird IMAP is flexible, resourceful, fast and cool. IMAP settings in Mozilla Thunderbird, IMAP is good but in order to access your mail from anywhere on the server, you need a connection, anywhere on that server.

If you go to an area without net access and want to take your mail with you, what will you do? If you want Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla SeaMonkey IMAP account inbox should present offline, then all the inbox messages will be automatically downloaded to your system and you can read them later or write without connecting Inbox IMAP settings in Mozilla Thunderbird.

How to do Inbox IMAP settings in Mozilla Thunderbird?

  • If you want to set up offline use to your IMAP email inbox.
  • Go to the Tools Menu then, Account Settings from Mozilla Thunderbird Menu.
  • Now click on the synchronization and storage category for the IMAP account.
  • Be sure to keep the message for this account checked on this computer.
  • Click on Advanced.
  • Make sure that downloads are checked for the Inbox folder.
  • You can select another folder where you want to make available offline.
  • Click OK Button
  • Again click OK.

Go Offline in Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla SeaMonkey or Netscape

  • Go Offline now
  • Select file Offline Download and sync now from the menu.
  • Ensure that mail messages are selected under download or the following sync.
  • Check your offline work once download and sync completely.
  • Click on OK.
  • Now you go back online.
  • Click on the online/offline icon in the bottom right corner of the window.
  • Now select the file offline. Work offline from the menu.

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