Learn How To Import Thunderbird Mail Of Windows PC Into Outlook 2011 For Mac

Jamie Kaler By Jamie Kaler, 28th Dec 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The article is fully focused upon the solution for exporting Thunderbird emails of Windows OS in Microsoft Outlook 2011. In addition, a risk-free approach is also given that will allow one to perform migration within just two simple steps.


In the modern scenario, users are moving from Windows Operating System to Mac. It is so because the Mac OS provides enhanced security and many advance features to its users, which makes it different from other existing platforms in this technology market. In such case, if a user is accessing Thunderbird on the Windows machine and wants to use Outlook 2011 on Mac (as email application) then, there is a requirement for a solution by which one can import Thunderbird mail of Windows PC into Outlook 2011 for Mac.

Basically, one have to export MBOX to Outlook 2011 in Mac because Thunderbird on Windows Operating System creates a MBOX file. The file with .mbox extension will be imported in Outlook for Mac, as a result of which one will be able to export Thunderbird emails to Outlook 2011.

Workarounds To Import MBOX File Into Outlook For Mac

Below-mentioned are different ways to open MBOX file in Outlook 2011 for Mac and thus, transfer Thunderbird emails of Windows PC into Outlook for Mac:

Approach 1: Directly Export MBOX File In Outlook 2011 for Mac

1. First of all, take the MBOX file of Windows Thunderbird in a pen drive (or any other external device and then transfer it to the machine where Mac OS is installed

(Click here to locate Thunderbird MBOX file location on your machine)

Open MS Outlook

Open MS Outlook 2011 on Mac platform and then go to Menu >> File >> Import.
This will open a pop up window as shown below

Choose Contacts

Choose Contacts or message from a text file option from the current menu list and then click on Next (>) button


Select Import messages from an MBOX-format text file option and then click on the right arrow to proceed further

Browse MBOX File

Browse towards the location where MBOX file is saved, select it and then hit on Import button

Click on Finish button and then view imported Thunderbird MBOX files in Outlook for Mac under On My Computer folder of Outlook 2011

Limitations of Above-Mentioned Technique

1. High Level Risk of Data Loss: There are quite high chances of data loss, which is exported from this method. It might modify the technicalities of emails or not export attachments of MBOX emails in Outlook for Mac.

2. Might Cause Fault in Programs: The applications running along with email migration procedure might get slow down due to exporting of files in Outlook 2011. In addition, if something went wrong then, this may result in generation of any error occurrence.

Approach 2: Hassle-Free Approach To Export MBOX files In Mac Outlook

One of the best-suited approach for importing MBOX file of Thunderbird in Mac Outlook involves usage of an additional utility i.e., MBOX to PST Converter. The application allow users to directly convert MBOX files in PST file format, which is easily operated in Outlook 2011. This approach involves only two major steps for working and they are mentioned below:

• Export MBOX file of Thunderbird to Outlook PST format with help of MBOX to PST converter
• Import the resultant PST file in Outlook for Mac for accomplishing task of
exporting Thunderbird mail of Windows PC into MS Outlook 2011 for Mac

After successfully implementing the above steps, users can view emails of Windows Thunderbird in Outlook for Mac.

Observational Verdict

Since no one will be ready to compromise data while performing the conversion, therefore it is recommended to users that they should use second approach for task accomplishment. The software i.e., MBOX to PST converter guarantees that not even a single bit data modification will take place. Therefore, clients must use two-step approach to import Thunderbird mail of Windows PC into Outlook 2011 for Mac.


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