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How can I export my emails from Outlook XP into text files and have it create directories for my corresponding mail folders?

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I assume that you are starting with a PST file? May I ask your purpose for exporting them specifically into TXT files? Depending on your answer, there may be other ways to do what you are trying to accomplish. –  KCotreau Jun 5 '11 at 16:36
    
Also, are you looking for each e-mail to be a separate TXT file? –  KCotreau Jun 5 '11 at 19:47
    
That's correct, within folders which mirror my outlook mail folders –  Jules Jun 6 '11 at 15:39

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I have used codetwo's outlook export tool (its free) successfully to CSV text files.

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Does it create folders? –  Jules May 31 '11 at 6:24
    
I just checked; it doesn't and there isn't a field "by directory" in the chooser. Unfortunate - I thought it would. –  Fergus May 31 '11 at 16:46
    
Does the tool mention the folder name somewhere inside the exported files it generates? –  oleschri Jun 4 '11 at 21:01
    
No, not that I've seen –  Jules Jun 6 '11 at 15:39

OK... I think this works.

  1. Select all groups of messages. (ex. today yesterday...) then click to send to OneNote (or print to OneNote...)
  2. Once in OneNote, save it as a PDF.
  3. Once in a PDF format, convert it to text.
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I'm using outlook xp, see edit. –  Jules May 31 '11 at 6:23

Taking what Fergus proposed a step further: Using the outlook export tool just export one folder at a time. Then take the resulting files, and stuff them in a folder that way. Unless you have a crazy amount of folders it should not be that bad.

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As mention on the other comment to an answer, this doesn't create folders. –  Jules Jun 1 '11 at 7:34
    
"and stuff them in a folder that way" manually. Its not ideal. –  soandos Jun 1 '11 at 7:37
    
I've loads of folders, wanted to do my archive pst too, which goes back years –  Jules Jun 2 '11 at 6:22

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