moderated Getting account information from Thunderbird


Dave Durber
 

Hello Everyone:
 
I need to set up Thunderbird on 2 additional computers. An account is set up in Thunderbird on a third computer. How do I get into the area of Thundrbird to get the account information from the original Thunderbird, so I can set up the same account for the other 2 instances of thunderbird.
 
Dave
 


 

Dave,

The Tools menu, export option on the source machine, and import option on the target machine.  ALT + T followed by X or M, respectively.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


Dave Durber
 


Brian:
 
I went over to my friend's house yesterday to see if I could access the account settings, in order to make note of all the information for the account and store the information in a file.
 
I used ALT+T, to get into the "Tools" menu then, somehow, I got into the area which holds the information for the account. I was able to get the SMTP information, such as the name for the account, the email address, the smtp server name, and the smtp port address. However, I was not able to get access to the Imap information, therefore, I needd to get that information to add to the file. I tabbed through the window without locating the information but, I could not locate it.
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2022 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: Getting account information from Thunderbird

Dave,

The Tools menu, export option on the source machine, and import option on the target machine.  ALT + T followed by X or M, respectively.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


 

Dave,

ALT + T, S  [Tools Menu, Server Settings] gets you to the place where you can review each and every server setting, and others, for each and every account you have.  The one with IMAP or POP information comes first under the account name in the Server Settings Pane.  At the end of all of that are the Local Folders followed by the Outgoing Server settings.

This is using Thunderbird 102.4.2, 32-bit.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


Dave Durber
 


Brian:
 
I am not sure what the version number of Thunderbird he has installed. I am going to his house on Friday. I will check before using your suggestions. Thank you for all your help.
 
Dave
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:57 PM
Subject: Re: Getting account information from Thunderbird

Dave,

ALT + T, S  [Tools Menu, Server Settings] gets you to the place where you can review each and every server setting, and others, for each and every account you have.  The one with IMAP or POP information comes first under the account name in the Server Settings Pane.  At the end of all of that are the Local Folders followed by the Outgoing Server settings.

This is using Thunderbird 102.4.2, 32-bit.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


Dave Durber
 


Brian:
 
If I export the email settings from Thunderbird to a file, do you know if the information contained in the file is readable in a program such as Notepad?
 
Dave

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:57 PM
Subject: Re: Getting account information from Thunderbird

Dave,

ALT + T, S  [Tools Menu, Server Settings] gets you to the place where you can review each and every server setting, and others, for each and every account you have.  The one with IMAP or POP information comes first under the account name in the Server Settings Pane.  At the end of all of that are the Local Folders followed by the Outgoing Server settings.

This is using Thunderbird 102.4.2, 32-bit.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


 

Dave,

Given that the export function can handle gigabytes of data, and includes messages, etc., for importation elsewhere, I'd say the probability of these files being readable by a text editor is very, very slim indeed.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


K0LNY
 


I know that in Microsoft's account export files, there are no messages involved, just what is needed to set up an account, like iMap or POP, username and account settings.
If it can be read by a text editor, I know the password would not be readable.
Glenn

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2022 4:05 PM
Subject: Re: Getting account information from Thunderbird

Dave,

Given that the export function can handle gigabytes of data, and includes messages, etc., for importation elsewhere, I'd say the probability of these files being readable by a text editor is very, very slim indeed.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


Dave Durber
 


Glenn:
 
I already have the user name and password for the account, it is the rest of the information I need from the account to store in the file.
 
Dave
 

----- Original Message -----
From: K0LNY
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2022 10:08 PM
Subject: Re: Getting account information from Thunderbird

I know that in Microsoft's account export files, there are no messages involved, just what is needed to set up an account, like iMap or POP, username and account settings.
If it can be read by a text editor, I know the password would not be readable.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2022 4:05 PM
Subject: Re: Getting account information from Thunderbird

Dave,

Given that the export function can handle gigabytes of data, and includes messages, etc., for importation elsewhere, I'd say the probability of these files being readable by a text editor is very, very slim indeed.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


K0LNY
 


Well if it is just account setup info and not all the eMails, it wouldn't hurt to try to read the exported file with notepad or even try opening it in Excel.
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2022 5:22 AM
Subject: Re: Getting account information from Thunderbird

Glenn:
 
I already have the user name and password for the account, it is the rest of the information I need from the account to store in the file.
 
Dave
 
----- Original Message -----
From: K0LNY
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2022 10:08 PM
Subject: Re: Getting account information from Thunderbird

I know that in Microsoft's account export files, there are no messages involved, just what is needed to set up an account, like iMap or POP, username and account settings.
If it can be read by a text editor, I know the password would not be readable.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2022 4:05 PM
Subject: Re: Getting account information from Thunderbird

Dave,

Given that the export function can handle gigabytes of data, and includes messages, etc., for importation elsewhere, I'd say the probability of these files being readable by a text editor is very, very slim indeed.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


 

On Sat, Nov 19, 2022 at 06:22 AM, Dave Durber wrote:
I already have the user name and password for the account,
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Then you pretty much have what you need to initially set up an account on the vast majority of modern email clients.  I can't remember the last time I manually entered server information, as most email clients now rely on huge databases they access based on the domain name in the email address, and can "fill in the blanks" all by themselves.

If you want that information, a web search on the service provider and "email settings" or "email server settings" tends to turn up a help page, or pages, regarding manual setup.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian