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Importing Thunderbird Address Book into Zimbra

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In the images that follow, the username and account information of an IT employee was used for demonstration purposes.
Please replace these entries with your individual information where appropriate.

To copy your address book from Thunderbird do the following steps:

Run Thunderbird
Go to the Address Book within Thunderbird and click on the Address Book you wish to export


Select EXPORT from the Tools Menu

ThunderBird screenshot: Click "Export" under the "Tools" menu

Type in a file name -- "MyAddresses.csv," for example
Select Comma Separated from the pop-up menu. It defaults to LDIF, you do NOT want LDIF
Push the SAVE button
Export Address Book window screenshot: Name the new address book and save as "Comma Separated"

Open up your web browser and log into Zimbra using your Novell username. Note that it must be fully qualified -- e.g., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., not just ksproul
Click on the PREFERENCES tab
Click on the IMPORT / EXPORT tab
Click on the CONTACTS button

Zimbra screenshot: Go to "Preferences", "Import/Export", and "Contacts" under the Import Tab

Click on the button BROWSE button next to DESTINATION

Choose Folder window screenshot: Select "New" on the bottom left to create a new address book

Select NEW and create a new address book "My Address Book" for example
Push the OK Button
Push the OK Button again

Create New Address windows screenshot:Click "OK" to create the new address book with the name at the top of the window

Click on the BROWSE button for FILE and find the file created above
It will have some obscure name ending in .csv

File Upload screenshot: Click "Open" to open the file then press the "Import" button on the lower right

Push the OPEN Button
Push the IMPORT button in the lower right
Click on the Address Book tab and check to make sure your contacts came in correctly


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