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    Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    Brand new user- my first post. I'm kind of overwhelmed. This may be a simple question, but I can't find a SIMPLE answer anywhere that actually works on MY computer. I am often on the road for two-three weeks and access my e-mail on a "remote" computer. When I return back to my office, I would like to be able to COPY the Local Folders from the "remote" computer I have been using and put the saved messages in those local folders into the identically named folders on my "Main" computer back in my home office. So far I have had no luck doing this. Under File, I make my selection "Export ...Messages" I then get a pop-up box that says "This will export messages from Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange." I click OK. Then I go and select the folders I want to move and again click OK. Then the screen goes back to the main. I don't know if any folders have been moved--or copied somewhere else. It's just like the entire process has been nullified. Did they get moved? If so, where are they? And when I find them what do I do? Can I just copy that file (or whatever) onto a disk through drag 'n drop? Then put the disk into the "Main" computer and do an import? Why can't I just Drag 'n Drop directly from the folders to the disk? or can I? If I knew where the files were maybe that would work? But every time I try to find out I get sent in search of "root files" or other strange creatures which, trust me, don't exist on my computer, because they are never where any of the "dummies" books say they are... But enough!
    It works so easy with files.

    And one more thing. When I import, (assuming I ever find the exported files to put them on a disk) will this overwrite the existing files and replace them, (Disaster) or simply add to them?

    Yeah, I'm new at this and probably sound like a real dummy, I know. In fact I may be going about this entirely wrong. But after my disaster with "My Briefcase" I'm really nervous about losing my business!

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    Re: Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    It's not easy, but I think it is possible. When you select 'export', if you are getting no apparent activity, then I guess that you don't have Outlook or Exchange; or you do, and the messages have been exported to those programs. If you do have Outlook, that will allow you to export the messages as a file type (the name eludes me, as I don't use Outlook). This file can be copied on to a floppy and imported into OE.

    Without Outlook, I would suggest creating a folder called, for example, 'Email' on the 'remote' PC. In OE, go to Tools>Options>Maintenance>Store Folder and select this new folder as the Store Folder for OE. Basically, this is to make the Store Folder easy to find; otherwise, just note where the default folder location is. Save this folder to a floppy <img src=/S/disk.gif border=0 alt=disk width=15 height=15>. When back on your home PC, select Import>Messages and choose OE as the origin. Your system should report that it is unable to find/program in use and give you the option to browse for the location. Select your floppy as the location and import. This will add your saved messages to the existing ones <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>.

    I would recommend choosing a new location for the Store Folder on your home PC as well: easy to back up and if on a seperate partition, unaffected if you reinstall/upgrade Windoze.

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    Re: Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    Thanks, Sparky. But Alas, it doesn't work either. I don't have Exchange, but I do have Outlook. I opened it and looked around, but I can't find any 'exported" files--or files waiting to be imported.

    Next I took your suggestion to change the "store" folder. but before I sent anything, I went to the current folder. Assuming that is where current folders go, there should have been some storage there. But there wasn't. No folders holding existing e-mails. So--I guess I'm back to start.
    Am I the only person in the world that opens e-mail from a remote location? How does anyone keep track of e-mails when they are away fron their "main" computer? What about people who travel with notebooks. How do you SAVE e-mails other than in Outlook Express folders? This is so frustrating. there has to be an EASY way to do this????

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    Re: Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    Have I misunderstood - are you talking about reading email online by logging in to your ISP? Some will allow saving of read email, but you would be best off talking to them about that.

    The 'Store Folder' for OE is found (from in OE) through Tools>Options>Maintenance. Clicking on the Store Folder button should show you the current location for saved messages, which are stored as .dbx files. Any folders you create in OE for saving messages will appear as (folder name).dbx. There should be entries for Inbox, Outbox, etc. Select 'Change' to choose a new location for OE to store these files.

    If you select File>Export, you should be asked what program you wish to export to. If you highlight Outlook, then this is where your messages should be exported to. If this is not happening, then you have a deeper problem that I don't know the answer to.
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    Re: Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    OK. I know you are trying to help. But did you read my original post? As I said--I thought quite clearly-- I want to know HOW to MOVE the messages in folders--or the entire folder- from Computer A to Computer B. I know how to READ a message. I have done the things you suggest. I can go to the Store folder and find the .dbx files. OK. Now here's the question...SO WHAT? I have found the folders and they are .dbx files. I cannot open them and I cannot figure out how to move them to a disk so that I can put them on another computer. That is what I want to do.

    When I select File>Export I am NOT asked which program I want to export to. I am TOLD "this will export messages to Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Outlook. --I don't get a choice. If I click OK then it puts up a list of the folders with the message "Select the mail folders you want to export from Outlook Express" I can choose either "All folders" or "Selected Folders. if I choose "selected folders" then I click on the buttons of the files I want to export. NOW HERE'S THE IMPORTANT PART. My choice, after I select the folders is either "OK" or "Cancel" . I click OK and the screen just goes back to the basic OE screen. There is no indication that ANYTHING has been exported, or if it was, as to where it went.

    That's my question. Where do they go, if anywhere? I don't have all the choices that everyone who answers me seems to think I should have. I have been through the Microsoft sights, etc. All I want is a clear path--step by step--on HOW to remove a message folder from Computer A (whether they are .dbx, .abc. .123 or whatever, It doesn't matter.) I want to put them on SOME vehicle that will let me take them OFF of computer A and then put them ON to Computer B where I can open them up and read them. I can physically go in and select each individual message, choose "Save As" and transfer the files that way. I was just hoping that I could just move a file. But the Export idea doesn't work. I'm not given any other choices as to WHERE I want to export to.

    I don't want to be a jerk, but this is nuts. People move files all the time. I can't believe I'm the ONLY PERSON who ever wanted to move an e-mail storage folder. People buy new computers and transfer files from the old computer to the new one don't they? There has to be a way. Sorry for the frustration.

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    Re: Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    Does this help?

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q257499>Q257499</A> OLEXP: How to Move Mail Folders Between Two Computers that Are Running Outlook Express 5

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    Re: Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    Leif:

    That is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for finding it. I did a search through Microsoft and didn't find this. But it looks like it will work. I'm going to try it this morning.

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    Re: Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    This looks just like what I thought I was saying. Guess I wasn't being clear enough!
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    Re: Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    Sorry, you're right about what happens when you export messages. I must have been confusing it with exporting address book. Just tried it myself and everything transferred to Outlook OK. Contents of the Inbox went to Outlook Inbox. Found the folders through View>Folder List. If this isn't happening for you, I am at a loss as to why. Any other problems with OE or Outlook?
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    Re: Moving Folder (5.50.4522.1200)

    Thanks for the try, Sparky. I went and looked in Outlook's Inbox and there is nothing there. After doing the "Export Shuffle" at least 3 or 4 times, there would be SOMETHING there if it was going. But nothing happens. I have tried the export from the Moicrosoft Tips file I was referred to and it did export the folders correctly to a zip disk. Now I'll be trying to transfer them to the other computer when I get home on Saturday. If that works, I'll let you know! Thanks again.

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