I can't remember names and numbers very well, so my Address Book is my lifeline. Clicking the Address Book icon or going to Tools | Address Book puts you in the address book, where you can manage your contacts in a number of ways. Preserving the data in this area may be important to you. At some point you may want to back up, import, or move your address book information to another location. Thunderbird's address book allows you to import addresses from another location as well as export your addresses as an LDIF file.
Filenames for Default Address Books
Thunderbird contains two default address books. The filenames are abook.mab (Personal Address Book) and history.mab (Collected Addresses). It is possible to copy these files from one profile folder to another. If you happen to have been using either the Mozilla or Netscape mail clients, you can copy these files over to your Thunderbird profile and should be able to use them with no problem.
Exporting Your Addresses
To export your addresses to an LDIF file, follow these steps:
Click Address Book.
Select the Address Book you want to export.
Click Tools | Export.
Supply a name for the address book. Make sure the file is saved in LDIF format.
Save the file to a location on your computer. It is probably a good idea to burn this file to a CD so that you have a backup on a location other than your computer.
Mac OS X: Using the Address Book Exporter to move your addresses to Thunderbird
Mac OS X users can use the Address Book Exporter application to convert their address book to a plain text file and then import it into Thunderbird using Tools | Import (http://gwenhiver.net/applications/addressbookexporter/index.php).
Importing Your Addresses
To import addresses, follow these steps:
Click Address Book.
Click on Tools | Import.
Select the Address Books radio button. Click Next.
Select the program you would like to import from.
Sending an Instant Message
If you have an Instant Message client running, it is possible to add an Instant Message icon to the toolbar and actually launch a chat session with someone listed in your address book.
The address book also has a handy quicksearch feature that allows you to type in a name or email address to quickly locate the person you are looking for. You can search by either name or email address.
Importing AOL Addresses into Thunderbird
It is possible to import your AOL addresses into Thunderbird, but you have to use one of the third-party utilities listed at http://www.emailman.com/conversion/.
Tool Kit: The Contacts Sidebar-A Handy Address Book Extension for Thunderbird
The Contacts Sidebar (http://jpeters.no-ip.com/extensions/?page=tb_cs) is a great extension to add to Thunderbird if you are looking for a way to display your address book in a sidebar in the bottom portion of the three-pane window. This extension does a few helpful things. First, it allows you to double-click a name in your address book to launch an instant compose window. The other thing I like about this extension is that you can use the F4 key to quickly toggle this feature on or off, thereby quickly freeing up space if you need to look at your long list of mail folders (or maybe I mean my long list of mail folders).
Creating a Mailing List
You can also create mailing lists here by clicking the Create List icon. You have three choices of how to enter names into the list (you will have to create the list first):
Supersonic Method Make sure that you have the autocomplete feature (Tools | Options | Composition) turned onstart to type the first few letters of the name, and it should automatically complete.
Subsonic Method Drag and drop address cards from the address book to the list (you need to locate the list in the Address Books pane on the left side).
Mavis Beacon Method Type the email addresses the old-fashioned wayby hand.
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