PST to MBOX
Microsoft Outlook is a wonderful tool for managing email content. Yet, for various reasons, some people find it necessary to convert their Outlook email messages to the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. In this article, we will use PST Viewer Pro to convert selected email messages in an Outlook .pst (Personal STorage file) to MBOX, an open format that can be imported to many email clients.
Use the “Download Now” button on the right side of this page to get a 15 day free trial of Pst Viewer Pro, and follow along. Note that the trial of Pst Viewer Pro will let you export up to 50 messages, which is just fine for a test. The full version does not have this restriction, allowing you to export any number of email messages.
Start Pst Viewer Pro and select your Outlook .pst file. The file may be chosen by using the navigation on the left side of your Pst Viewer Pro user interface. Click Pst Viewer Pro’s ‘+’ expander to show the folder structure of the .pst file.
Today we will export only the Inbox folder from the pst file. Click Inbox.
|Select the Outlook .pst file|
The email messages in the Inbox folder will be displayed in the mail list.
|Mail list showing email messages from PST file’s Inbox|
|Choose the MBOX export profile|
Click Save, and the process will begin. Exporting about 3,000 messages took my lightweight laptop computer less than ten minutes.
When the process completes, my 39 MB MBOX file is stored on my desktop.
The process for importing the MBOX file will depend on the email client you are using. Please refer to your email client’s help index for specific details about importing email from MBOX files.
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