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Tips & tricks: Thunderbird

  • Question: Where does Thunderbird store its data (e-mails, contacts, calendars etc.)? I would like to add them to my backup tool.

    Answer: The location depends on the Windows version you use:

    Windows XP: Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles (in localized versions of Windows XP, replace "Application Data" with its localized name).

    Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10: Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles

    Please note that the folders Application Data and AppData are invisible by default in Windows. You can make them visible using the folder settings.

    Tip: If you set up your backup tool to save the folder "Documents and Settings" or "Users" respectively, it will include the Thunderbird data files as well.

  • Question: I would like to back up the Thunderbird data, but don't have a suitable backup program.

    Answer: Use the free application MozBackup that works with Thunderbird.