I have a gmail account and I usually read my messages in Thunderbird (IMAP).

I have created a particular filter in gmail, which has become a folder in Thunderbird.

I have located my thunderbird profile on one of my computers, and have located the file corresponding to the particular folder. (From the profile,

I had to go to ImapMail and then imap.googlemail.com.) It has no suffix, and the file type is called "File".

My end goal is to create a Word document of all the messages in that folder.

I tried "edit with notepad++" and got a lot of nonsense.

Would this be easier in the browser instead of thunderbird?

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How do I create a Word doc from all the messages in a folder

You can use the ImportExportTools Thunderbird add-on to export all of the message in a folder to a variety of different formats.

Several of these formats can be converted or imported into a word document.

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ImportExportTools 3.2.1

About this Add-on

This extension allows the user to export and import folders and messages with lots of options, for example:

Tools Menu --> ImportExportTools or Context menu on folders panel --> Import/Export

  • export of folder in a single file (mbox format), with also the subfolders if you want;
  • export of all messages in single files (eml or html or plain text format or CSV), with attachments and an index;
  • export of all messages in PDF format (required ImportExportTools 3.0 or higher)
  • export of all messages in one single plain text file;
  • export of index of the messages in a folder (HTML or CSV format);
  • mbox files import;
  • eml files import;
  • emlx files import;
  • import of all the eml files existing in a directory;
  • export of all files of all mail files of the profile (just from the "Tools" menu);
  • import of a saved profile (just from the "Tools" menu, required ImportExportTools 3.0 or higher, not available for Seamonkey)
  • search with various criteria and export messages;
  • import SMS from the programs "SMS Backup and Restore" for Android and Nokia2AndroidSMS;

File menu --> Save selected messages or Context menu of thread panel --> Save selected messages

  • saving multiple messages in eml/html/plain text format with just one click;
  • saving multiple messages in PDF format with just one click (required ImportExportTools 3.0 or higher)

Message menu --> Copy to clipboard or Context menu of thread panel --> Copy to clipboard

  • copy the message or all headers to clipboard.

Context menu on an EML attachment

  • import file in the folder

Source ImportExportTools

  • I thought that add-on wasn't working -- thanks, I'll try it again. Thanks for the instructions! Jul 15, 2015 at 21:45

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