with a fantastic Thunderbird PLUGIN
However, Thunderbird's site doesn't have it. It comes from Dutch Thunderbird admirers I believe. The site is in English so no problems. However, the link does try to hide from you.
The link for the plugin is sanctified in the MOZILLAZINE site and I have it installed and so far, everything is fine.
For anyone that has more than one copy of Thunderbird on their machine this is a dream come true!
Here is the link for the very small download. http://nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/profileswitcher-en.html
At the very top edge of the page you will see the download. After you download it, open your Thunderbird, and go to TOOLS, Add-ons,
and then click on the Plugins
icon. Then you go down to the bottom left hand corner of the window and click Install...
A box will open entitled "Select an extension to install" and there you will see your downloaded file: profileswitcher-tb-ff.1.1.1
Highlight it and click OPEN. A box entitled, "Software Installation" will open with the same file displayed.
Click INSTALL NOW. A new window will pop open telling you to restart Thunderbird to complete the installation.....there is a 'Restart Now' button in the upper right hand corner. Click it.
When Thunderbird has restarted, this time click on File, and near the bottom of the fly out menu you will see LAUNCH ANOTHER PROFILE and below that, OPEN PROFILE MANAGER. Both options have small fly out menus of their own saying, NORMAL MODE, SAFE MODE. For now, choose Open Profile Manager.
You can then choose to open it in the Normal Mode or the Safe Mode. More about the differences below...
IF you choose to use the SAFE MODE, you will see: In order to run profile manager in safe-mode, the current profile will be automatically closed. Do you want to continue?
You can choose YES.
If you chose NORMAL MODE, you will see: Close current profile when switching?
You will be able to choose YES, NO, or CANCEL. I chose NO and Thunderbird stayed open and worked fine afterwords.
I have done the complete process both ways and both worked just fine.
When you choose one way or the other, the next box to appear will be the THUNDERBIRD- CHOOSE USER PROFILE
There you see that you will be able to choose from CREATE PROFILE..., RENAME PROFILE... ( I'd be very careful about renaming, I think I've read you can permanently loose a profile that way if you don't get it perfectly right the first go),or, DELETE PROFILE....
There is also a box there that can be unchecked and Thunderbird automatically have you choose a profile every time Thunderbird starts! Great for keeping separate Tbird progs for different reasons.
I didn't need that so I left it checked and chose- CREATE PROFILE... When you click on Create Profile, a new "CREATE NEW PROFILE WIZARD" box opens. Read the three paragraphs that speak about why you may want to do this and click NEXT.
A new box will open and you click on 'CHOOSE FOLDER' which behaves exactly like the windows 'BROWSE' does. A small window with a version of Windows Explorer opens and you are automatically at the Profile folder for the Thunderbird version that is running on your computer when you do this. Thing is, it is by default the latest install of Thunderbird that gets pointed to! So why would you want to choose it? In my case I had three profiles from previous instances of reinstalling Thunderbird. Below I try to explain exactly how to locate the other Profiles and how to recognize the differences in them that make it clear what to do with each so if you've never done this you probably should read on......I can only share what I saw on my computer but it can't be much different on other Windows computers.Below you will see how you can have more than one Profile hiding on your computer in the C: drive.
I used the START, SEARCH tool to find all three of mine and then copied down the unique number/letter.default at the end of each path. So, here is a bit more from an HP_Pavilion perspective.
When you uninstall Thunderbird, I'm almost positive I remember reading that Thunderbird does not delete anything other than the executable file.
So, all of the files that came with the install and those that you generate by using the program, remain in your C: drive.
You just need to dig them out. In my case, when I opened C:Documents and Settings there where three specific folders in there. One folder labeled, HP_Administrator, another labeled, HP_Administrator.MINE, and the other was labeled, HP_Administrator.MINE000. All slightly different. And those slight differences are the key here. Each one contains an individual and separate Profile with all the addresses in it, all the email accounts, and all the emails.
Here, you can clearly see the differences for each of the Profiles (folders) .......
The first folder's path looked like this:
C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Administrator
And the path for the second looked like this:
C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Administrator.MINE
And finally the third looked like so:
C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Administrator.MINE000
The unique set of numbers/letters that appear just before .default are the only thing you want to click on in the CHOOSE FOLDER, windows explorer type environment you'll be in if you follow the instructions above. Those unique sets of numbers and letters ARE the Profile identifiers. You will find them in the folders named Profile.
I have showed you this in hopes that when you follow the instructions above, and use the CHOOSE FOLDER, and get into a windows Explorer type environment, you will know to go up to C:
to find your OTHER profiles. You'll have to back track up to C:\Documents and Settings\ to find your other Profile folders, however many instances you may have.
I hope this helps someone else. It has taken me a week to ferret this solution out working each day till I was so confused I had to stop or till I was just too frustrated to continue.
Your FORUM helped by turning the key in the lock you might say. It was by process of elimination really. And IF ONLY MOZILLAZINE
had instructions like these, I'd have been done the very first night!
Thank YOU! and GOOD LUCK!
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