Outlook to Mail

mac  /   /  By Nafisa Akabor

Last week I bought a MacBook Pro, which I will be using full time at the office. Before I go on, I’d like to say that I had a very pleasant experience with Core, who I bought my Mac from. They updated all my software and loaded iWork for me. (They don’t do this for everyone, just media).

So anyway, the most important thing for me was getting all my email from MS Outlook to Mail. (If you Google this, you are most likely to come up with results that tell you you need to pay $10 for an app that does it). I did it, without paying for anything and thought I’d share the how-to, just in case you want to do the same someday.The ‘middle-man’ mail client you will need is Thunderbird.

On your Windows machine, open Thunderbird. If you don’t have it, download it here.

Run Thunderbird, and go to Tools > Import > Mail. You will see a list of email clients – select Outlook. This will take a while, depending on how much of email you have.

Once it’s complete, close Thunderbird and go to your Thunderbird profile directory. It should be here:

C:\Windows\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\<profile name>\

If you can’t locate it, go to Start > Run and type in %APPDATA% and go to Thunderbird > Profiles.

Copy the profile and save it to your Mac.

Open Mail and click on File > Import Mailboxes. Locate and select your profile.

Ta-da!

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