In the event that you have to re-install Thunderbird on your PC, here's how to backup your settings. Note that: the backup file is in the text format and can be used by other email-clients.
To save the contents of the address book, mail accounts, account settings or plugins installed, just save the following folder:
Under Windows XP:
- C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Thunderbird
Under Windows Vista/7:
- User: the username of the current session.
To restore the configuration, copy this entire folder to the same location.
Via an extension: Accountex
Accountex is an extension available for Thunderbird, which allows you to import or export the settings from one account to another in the RDF format.
Using a dedicated software: MozBackup
This free tool allows you to save and restore your Thunderbird profile.
is compatible with Firefox, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape.
The backup options available are:
- General Preferences
- Address Book
- Saved passwords
- List of downloads
- Email settings
- Ability to encrypt data saved profile
works with Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.