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June 5, 2011 8:16 AM   Subscribe

How can I mass forward Hotmail emails to either Yahoo or GMail?

I found a cool site that makes books out of emails, which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Unfortunately, they only support Yahoo and GMail. All my emails are on Hotmail. Two part question:

1. Is there any way at all to mass forward emails to a GMail or Yahoo account? I have a LOT (300-400).
2. Is there another company that provides a similar service (collecting and editing your emails and making them into a print book) that can pull my emails off of Hotmail?

NB: I'm fairly technically illiterate, but SO is capable of programming, understanding technical details, etc.
posted by mrfuga0 to Technology (3 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: GMail has an option, after you setup an account, to migrate all your data over from Hotmail. I think it essentially logs into your Hotmail account via POP or IMAP and grabs a copy of all your messages. Details here.
posted by msbutah at 8:41 AM on June 5, 2011 [1 favorite]

2 years ago I switched from Hotmail to Gmail, and I used Thunderbird to transfer my emails over. Here's how I did it:

Create gmail account
Download Thunderbird
When Thunderbird is starting, it asks you to set up an account. I used my gmail.
Then I clicked the option to set up another account. I used my hotmail, and was now able to see all my hotmail emails within Thunderbird.
I believe I just right-clicked on each folder in hotmail, then clicked copy, then pasted them into my gmail inbox.

Some of the details on this are a bit fuzzy because it was 2 years ago that I did it. But you can see more on using Thunderbird with webmail here: . I believe I also had to enable IMAP on each account for this to work. Maybe someone else can fill in some more details.
posted by LaurenIpsum at 9:18 AM on June 5, 2011

Response by poster: Oh it worked! And it was so easy! And I was going crazy trying to figure it out. Thanks msbutah, for reminding me that the hivemind is amazing.
posted by mrfuga0 at 9:30 AM on June 5, 2011

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