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I would like to move by many of my Gmail messages into a Word document. I have been copying and pasting one at a time; but I have thousands of emails to convert; so this has been laborious. Can you help?

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Please tell us more about why you're doing this. It will help identify the best tool(s) for you. – Doug Harris Mar 13 '12 at 19:36
What @DougHarris said. I cannot think of any good reason to move them into a WORD document. What is it you're actually trying to accomplish? – Shinrai Mar 13 '12 at 20:01
What platform are you using, Windows? – martineau Mar 13 '12 at 21:30

You'll probably want to download the email using IMAP or POP into a desktop email client (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail). See instructions from The Data Liberation Front.

Once the email is in your desktop email program, there will be other options.

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You can export and convert your Gmail messages to RTF with MsgExtract. You only need to select the Gmail folders that you want to export messages from and MailExporter will save them as RTF or if you prefer as HTML.

(Disclaimer, I am the author of MsgExtract)

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