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Merging Hotmail a/c with Mail (iCloud)

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Jerry Dammers Calculating status...
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Mar 13, 2013 2:45 PM

I had a Hotmail account for years and have now migrated to using Mail on my Mac, iPad, iPhone etc.

 

I need to find an easy way to store my old mails from my Hotmail account.

 

What is the best way to do this? e.g. can they be exported to my Mail a/c?; can they be stored on my hard drive.

 

Thank you

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 3:16 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    Open the Mail application on your Mac: go to Preferences>Accounts. Click the + button to add an account. Enter your Hotmail address and password in the appropriate fields. You should get the account set up and your emails accessible (I've not gone through the whole process so you will have to experiment) and you can then if you wish create a new Mailbox under 'On My Mac' and move the emails to that (or possibly to a new mailbox under iCloud if you have sufficient space to store them - all this is likely to take some time if you have a lot of messages.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 4:04 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    I imagine you'll need to repeat the process for each folder.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 3:04 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    For each individual Hotmail mailbox: create a new mailbox making sure it is under 'On My Mac'. Then open the Hotmail mailbox. Click once on any message then hit command-a to select all of them. Click and hold on any message and drag to where the mailbox you just created is listed in the sidebar. Repeat with all other Hotmail mailboxes. The messages are now safely on your Mac and you can delete the Hotmail account.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 5:13 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    I've never tried accessing Hotmail on Mail so I can't answer that one. And I'm afraid that once you've opened an email in a new window you have to close it or bring the main window to the front to proceed. However if you click aand hold on the little dot in the bar at the bottom of the list of emails and drag it upwards you will get a split window where the bottom half shows the email contents: you can then use the up/down keys to move to the previous or next email and view that.

  • Imp68 Calculating status...
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    Mar 24, 2013 6:10 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    If you look lower down the sidebar on the left in your mail, you may see an entry for your hotmail that's separate from the above inbox/sent box etc.  If there is a triangle beside it, click it so it points down.  If you see a 'header' type entry, hover your mouse over it and click 'show'.  I've seen gmail accounts do this... I'd guess hotmail is the same.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 8:40 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    Hotmail is a POP account, you will not be able to do what you want (simply). Try exporting the mailboxes from the Hotmail website and importing them to Mail (in the On my Mac account).

     

    I don't know what export facilities Hotmail possesses so can't be sure this will work.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 10:12 AM (in response to Jerry Dammers)

    Mobile devices use a different method, Hotmail supports Exchange Active Sync on mobile devices (also on Outlook 2013 for Windows) all other clients get POP, it's annoying but it's Microsoft's choice.

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