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I have several emails with large attachments that I want to forward to a particular email address. I can't forward these emails as attachments, because then the resulting email would be too large. How can I forward all the emails without having to send them manually one at a time?

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I'd like to avoid have the sender need to download all the attachments – David McDavidson Mar 21 '13 at 3:37

Are both email accounts available on the same Thunderbird instance? If so, you can simply move the email to the appropriate folder on the other account. This works with incoming message filters.

If that is not possible, the standard way of doing it would be to apply a filter on the server rather than the client. Of course, that doesn't involve Thunderbird and would require some access to the server unless the server is running IMAP with Sieve filtering installed. Update your question if needed and I'll expand this part of the answer.

Basically, if you cannot forward the email, your options are very limited. There is, though, one other possibility. Thunderbird now allows you to use external storage for attachments. You can use, Ubuntu One and YouSendIt to store attachments and get Thunderbird to send just a link.

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No, only one of the accounts is mine. Also I don't have access to the server... both are GMail accounts. About the external storage thing, I think thunderbird's attachment extraction extension wouldn't work with it, so I think it is not a viable solution. – David McDavidson Mar 21 '13 at 3:32
Then I think you are asking for the impossible as there are no real options left. If you cannot forward the emails and you can't bring both accounts to the same client then you have to offload the attachments to external storage. Not sure what else I can say really. Sorry. – Julian Knight Mar 21 '13 at 20:54
The emails can be forwarded... but one at a time, manually. I can't bring both accounts to the same client because the other account isn't mine, and its owner wouldn't give me access to his email for this. I guess I'll have to try the external storage thing then. Thanks. – David McDavidson Mar 22 '13 at 18:19

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