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free software for exporting email data

Forgive me if I use incorrect terminology here. I am looking for an alternative to Outlook for transferring the data from multiple emails into word documents. I know Outlook can do it and I read that Thunderbird can do it, however I don't have Outlook and as far as I can tell, Thunderbird requires you to purchase a 'migration tool'??? to perform this. I am tired of downloading free 'client apps'??? like only to find they don't do offer this feature. Can anyone point me to one that does and is free?

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Let's go with free but some assembly required.

You'll have to create something like an AUTOIT script. I can see that if the emails are on Thunderbird (which is free) and some AUTOIT script (which is free but we don't write scripts for you here but there is an AUTOIT forum for that) then for the WORD documents we turn to LibreOffice which again is free and can make WORD documents as well.

All free but you have to assemble it and make that script to make it all do what you want.

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EML to HTML convertors

In Thunderbird I can highlight all the mail messages in a folder, then choose for Thunderbird to create a single .eml file for each one. You can then clk on one to open in Thunderbird in future if you want just that email, but why anyone would do that is beyond me since it's better to have in the normal email file.

However, if you do have .eml files created, you can then use a convertor from .eml to .html files which can be seen and read in any browser.

Maybe better is an EML to PDF offline convertor. I'd be leery of online convertors, for data security reasons.

https://www.downloadcloud.com/eml-to-pdf-converter.html

Post was last edited on August 26, 2019 10:57 PM PDT

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Just need to use Outlook

To export emails that have been selected into one Word file, you only need to use Outlook or the mail reader you are using. Here is how to do it from Outlook.

1. Select the emails you want to save in one Word file.

2. Export the selected emails to an HTML file.

3. Save the opened HTML file with your selected emails in it as a .docx or .doc file.

This is the best way to export emails to a Word document.

Sources:
https://www.cnet.com/news/move-your-e-mail-out-of-outlook-and-into-the-folders-of-your-choice/
https://www.encryptomatic.com/messageexport/export-outlook.html
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