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As a relatively new user of Thunderbird 3, I've noticed that it nicely adds new e-mails to the "Collected Addresses" address book.

When I try editing those added addresses and move them into lists in my Personal Address Book, the contacts lose all the information I entered except one e-mail field!

Is there a way for Thunderbird to add new contacts directly into the Personal Address Book instead of Collected Addresses?

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see if this method helps email.about.com/od/mozillathunderbirdtips/qt/… – subanki Sep 8 '10 at 20:24
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Tools > Options > Composition > Addressing

There is a checkbox option for Automatically add outgoing e-mail addresses to my. Make sure this box is checked.

Change the option from Collected Addresses to Personal Address Book.

This will now save all contacts to the Personal Address Book when sending out emails.

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