I’d like to be able to save a bunch Gmail messages as text files on my hard drive*, but am not having any luck.
I have enabled POP access for my Gmail account according to Google's instructions
. At work, I have configured both Outlook 2002
(manually and using Google's cofig app) and Thunderbird 0.9
to access my account. Outlook tells me "Unable to connect to the incoming mail server (POP3)" and Thunderbird gave me a "Failed to connect to server pop.gmail.com" error. I don't know about Outlook, but for T-bird I did specify the same automatic configuration proxy URL that IE is using to access the Internet. (I'm a dunce when it comes to these corporate LAN proxy thingies.)
I've had limited success with this at home with Entourage on my Mac, but have experienced weird behavior such as messages in my Inbox showing up multiple times or not at all.
I also tried using the Print link in Gmail, and then did File->Save As to save the contents of that window as a text file. With FireFox, it always saves the file with nothing in it; IE saves only
Gmail - (my name) - (subject)
Basically what I'd like is to do what I can now do with my wretched Hotmail account: use a mail app to download the messages, go to File->Save As and save it to my hard drive as a .txt file. And ideally on my Mac.
I get as many as 20 of these messages per day that I'd like to archive, so the copy-and-paste-to-Notepad-and-save-to-disk method is more hassle than I'd like.
Is there any hope?
*Yes, I know I have gobs of space available with Gmail. It’s just something I want to do.