How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

Summary: College is coming to an end for many, and so will your email accounts. This guide will show you how to keep your old college emails.


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  • Deleting email in Gmail is easy. I cannot say the same thing about Exchange support email, like Live@edu or Office 365.

    You seem to need to do it in stages, as the web client can only handle so many emails at a time. Because Live@edu and Office 365 data is on Exchange, it doesn't delete it straight away. It holds it so you can recover it if necessary.

    Select as many emails as you can (your email client will warn you when you have reached the limit), and right click and then hit Delete. 

    To read more on this gallery, visit the iGeneration column, where you can read more about migrating your email to Hotmail or Gmail.

  • Once you have deleted your emails (remember: they are safe elsewhere; this is just the old copy), then you need to empty your deleted items.

    Right click on the Deleted Items and select Empty Deleted Items.

    Once you have done this -- to make sure that nobody in your organisation can continue to read your deleted emails, they need to be fully deleted.

    Right click on Deleted Items and select Recover Deleted Items.

    To read more on this gallery, visit the iGeneration column, where you can read more about migrating your email to Hotmail or Gmail.

  • To fully delete emails that are still held in recovery mode, you must purge them. Your browser limits you to how many you can delete at any one time, however. 

    Select as many emails as you can (your email client will warn you when you have reached the limit), and hit the Purge button and then hit OK. 

    To read more on this gallery, visit the iGeneration column, where you can read more about migrating your email to Hotmail or Gmail.

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  • Good for when changing hosting services

    Unfortunately, I discovered the drap and drop via Outlook trick AFTER changing beteen ISPs using different versions of hosting software (which meant I couldn't restore to the new one from a backup of the old one). I forwarded the emails I wanted. How tedious was that!!!

    Not on Outlook here, but I thought using the Ctrl-while-drag-and-drop (copy) worked between IMAP accounts.
  • Outlook Express/Windows (live) Mail

    Pretty Good Walk-through!
    Same procedure will work with Outlook Express (except for creating an exchange server rule to forward to new account). For that matter it can work with any mail reader that you can add multiple accounts. Thunderbird for example. (Available for many platforms.)

    Also if you are using Outlook, you can make deleting a little easier by setting up auto-archive to delete the old email.
  • Why do things the easy way, Zack,

    when one can do them the hard way ? I don't wish to comment on how to forward mail to Hotmail, but for users who wish to do so to a Gmail account, then the simplest method is to use Mail Fetcher (

    • RE: How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

      @mhenriday I agree -- but this is a 'one size fits all' solution for the very vast majority.
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  • RE: How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

    Why anyone would move to Hotmail is beyond me. All I get is the message 'Windows live hotmail was unable to complete the request'. Lots of users are getting this and Microsoft is doing nothing to fix it.
    • RE: How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

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  • RE: How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

    Only problem with this is if you happen to be using a different PC (say when travelling), if it does not have Outlook Express installed you will have problems and likely not be able to access your mail account. You cannot blindly assume that you will be able to download OutlookExpress to any PC you might happen to be using (possible lack of admin privileges).
  • 'Split-view' is what I need for Gmail... least let Googlers provide the option of employing it in Gmail. Having to click 'back' in order to select a particular message makes me sick and is time-consuming.
  • No link provided to download trial Office

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