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  1.    09 Jun 2017 #1
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    How do you import contacts into Windows 10 Mail from Thunderbird?


    I have contacts in my Thunderbird email client on my old laptop and when I bought a new laptop I've decided to try using the Windows 10 Mail app. instead of installing Thunderbird. However, I can't figure out how import my contacts from Thunderbird.

    Naturally if this is not possible then it doesn't make sense switching to Windows 10 mail because I have quite the number of contacts.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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  2.    09 Jun 2017 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razz View Post
    I have contacts in my Thunderbird email client on my old laptop and when I bought a new laptop I've decided to try using the Windows 10 Mail app. instead of installing Thunderbird. However, I can't figure out how import my contacts from Thunderbird.

    Naturally if this is not possible then it doesn't make sense switching to Windows 10 mail because I have quite the number of contacts.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Hi there. This is performed using the People app.

    People app > Settings gear (lower left) > Add an account > Advanced setup > Choose which type > Fill out required.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...eople-app-help

    Mail app, Calendar app, and People app are all closely intertwined working via your MS account.
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  3.    09 Jun 2017 #3
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    Thanks for your reply HippsieGypsie. Unfortunately this does not help me. The instructions and the link you provided, does not tell you anything about importing "contacts" from Thunderbird or any other email client with perhaps the exception of Outlook.

    Windows 10 Mail did import contacts from my Yahoo account after I added that account. Unfortunately most of these contacts are not my personal contacts that I have in Thunderbird.
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  4.    09 Jun 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razz View Post
    Thanks for your reply HippsieGypsie. Unfortunately this does not help me. The instructions and the link you provided, does not tell you anything about importing "contacts" from Thunderbird or any other email client with perhaps the exception of Outlook.

    Windows 10 Mail did import contacts from my Yahoo account after I added that account. Unfortunately most of these contacts are not my personal contacts that I have in Thunderbird.
    Don't know why that would not work according to the snip from the help page I linked.

    Did you add the account?

    If that doesn't/didn't work then add your Thunderbird email account to the Mail app since it imported from your Yahoo account. You may end up with duplicate and/or mixed personal with business contacts, though.

    You might consider using Office Outlook for business. Much more professional IMO.

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  5.    09 Jun 2017 #5
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    Haven't use it in quite a while but doesn't Thunderbird have an Export of contacts/addresses to a .csv file that can be imported to other programs? The .csv file can be opened in a spreadsheet program such as Excel or QuattroPro. And it can be used for the Import in Contacts located in C:\Users\YOUR_NAME_HERE\Contacts.
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  6.    09 Jun 2017 #6
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    @HippsieGypsie, still doesn't allow import from an email client like Thunderbird. Please see image.

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  7.    09 Jun 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    Haven't use it in quite a while but doesn't Thunderbird have an Export of contacts/addresses to a .csv file that can be imported to other programs? The .csv file can be opened in a spreadsheet program such as Excel or QuattroPro. And it can be used for the Import in Contacts located in C:\Users\YOUR_NAME_HERE\Contacts.
    You are absolutely right, Thunderbird does have export to a .csv file. The problem is that Windows 10 Mail doesn't have any means to import the .csv file.
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  8.    09 Jun 2017 #8
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    Export Contacts from Thunderbird as a *.CSV file.

    Use a Gmail Account. You can import a *.CSV Contacts file into that Gmail Account using the Web Interface. Then set that up in the Windows 10 Mail App.

    Then obviously sync that to the Mail App and the linked People App(Contacts).

    Don't think you can do that with Outlook Mail or Yahoo Mail account, least I can't find an import *.CSV option.
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  9.    09 Jun 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razz View Post
    You are absolutely right, Thunderbird does have export to a .csv file. The problem is that Windows 10 Mail doesn't have any means to import the .csv file.
    @Razz

    I think I found a way to import .csv file. Not totally sure since I haven't performed it.

    Export your Tbird contacts as a .csv file and save somewhere > Sign into Outlook.com online > In the upper left corner click on the 9-squares menu link and choose People. In People click on "Manage" > Choose "Import contacts" > Choose "Windows Live Mail" > Choose "Browse" > Point it to your .csv file > Select "Upload".
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  10.    10 Jun 2017 #10
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    Ah, there it is in Outlook Mail > People in the disguise of the Windows Live Mail Icon....
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