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== Importing local folders from Mail == == Importing local folders from Mail ==
-There is not (yet?) a formal import tool, but you can do it manually: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040401075611985+There is not (yet?) a formal import tool, but you can do it manually [http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040401075611985].
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== Exporting mailbox from Thunderbird to import into Mail.app == == Exporting mailbox from Thunderbird to import into Mail.app ==
-No formal tool exists for this step either. However, users who use Thunderbird may have a need to do this for one reason or another (as I did). I accomplished this task manually by doing the following:+No formal tool exists for this step either. However, Thunderbird users may have a need to do this for one reason or another (as I did). I accomplished this task manually by doing the following:
--Navigate to ~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/youruserprofile/Mail/Local Folders/<br />+* Navigate to <tt>~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/youruserprofile/Mail/Local Folders/</tt>
--Identify mailboxes you seek to use in Mail.app<br />+* Identify mailboxes you seek to use in Mail.app
--Each mailbox has three pieces to it - i.e. inbox.sbd, inbox.msf and inbox with no extension<br />+* Each mailbox has three pieces to it - i.e. "inbox.sbd", "inbox.msf" and "inbox" with no extension
--Take the file with no extension, hold down the option key (so it also stays in the folder) and drag it to the desktop<br />+* Take the file with no extension, hold down the option key (so it also stays in the folder) and drag it to the desktop
--rename with '.mbox' as file extension, for example inbox becomes inbox.mbox<br />+* rename with '.mbox' as file extension, for example "inbox" becomes "inbox.mbox"
--Open Mail.app and select File Import, choose other and navigate to the desktop and click Choose<br />+* Open Mail.app and select File Import, choose other and navigate to the desktop and click Choose
--Your mailbox(es) should appear in the import window and will import into Mail.app<br />+* Your mailbox(es) should appear in the import window and will import into Mail.app

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Setting Thunderbird as default mail client

In Panther, Apple seems to have dumped the Internet panel in System Preferences, where you used to be able to set the default browser, mail reader, etc. You can select Thunderbird as the default mail client in the preferences for Mail.app; after that you need never use it again. ;)

Or you can use More Internet as described in the NNTP section below.

Setting Thunderbird as default news reader

You can use Monkeyfood's More Internet PreferencePane. Look for news and nntp in the list of protocols. If they are there, click Change. If not, click Add.... You will end up in a standard File Dialog. Select Thunderbird.

You can also use Classic's Internet control panel to set this.

Importing local folders from Mail

There is not (yet?) a formal import tool, but you can do it manually [1].

Exporting mailbox from Thunderbird to import into Mail.app

No formal tool exists for this step either. However, Thunderbird users may have a need to do this for one reason or another (as I did). I accomplished this task manually by doing the following:

  • Navigate to ~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/youruserprofile/Mail/Local Folders/
  • Identify mailboxes you seek to use in Mail.app
  • Each mailbox has three pieces to it - i.e. "inbox.sbd", "inbox.msf" and "inbox" with no extension
  • Take the file with no extension, hold down the option key (so it also stays in the folder) and drag it to the desktop
  • rename with '.mbox' as file extension, for example "inbox" becomes "inbox.mbox"
  • Open Mail.app and select File Import, choose other and navigate to the desktop and click Choose
  • Your mailbox(es) should appear in the import window and will import into Mail.app