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I use gmail exclusively. All email from my main Comcast account (the one I gave to get access to this comment section) is automatically forwarded to my gmail account, which has really great spam filters. But I have a second comcast account which is used only for the purpose of saving important email. I simply forward it to myself at that account.
Based on your recommendation above I installed PDF Creator. Sounded interesting. But, when I installed the software I was asked if I wanted to install Yahoo toolbar to my Firefox. I said no and unchecked no. I know to read the install options. Well, a Yahoo toolbar was installed anyway. I seem to recall you wrote on a subject similar to this recently-and not as an advocate. I uninstalled the whole mess this morning after installing it last night. Thought you'd want to know before recommending it again.
AOL Mail also has an option to save at AOL or on your own machine.
Just a warning about the latest version of PDF creator 0.9.8. It's picked up a bad press in the forums because it compulsorily installs various other bits of s/w, added toolbars etc.
Maybe the earlier version 0.9.7 from Feb 2009 is OK, but I think I'll pass on this one, though I like the idea.
I use Outlook Express and I keep E Mails in designated folders, just as you suggest.
This works fine.
When the Outlook Express file storage gets to around Two Gigabytes (mine was at 2.5 GB when it failed) the OE function goes belly up. The error report is 0x800C0133 and Microsoft's web site recognizes the problem. I have been on the MSFT desktop share with one of their technicians to no avail.
I have now created an extra Identity and I have split the OE files between two Identities.
What do you think ???
PDFCreator didn't install any toolbars on my system. I simply followed the instructions.
Though I was wondering that this option should have been built-in like the XPS printer. And like it is for MS Office / OpenOffice
At one time you could sign up with Yahoo and receive occassional offers from them and keep receiving the POP service. I did and been doing it for years.
Otherwise you could search the web for 'webmail' extensions from Thunderbird.
I currently use the Seamonkey email program (and have used Thunderbird - very similar), anyway once the emails are downloaded, I right-click on each I want to save and save it as a HTML file.
Then using Nero INCD, which allows to you to set up a CDRW (rewritable) as a mini hard-drive. I copy all my saved emails (and other documents) to a CDRW. When the CDRW gets full I copy everything from the CDRW to a CDR, format the CDRW and start over again.
I've been doing this for years with my documents, downloaded programs,pictures and whatever else I've wanted to save.
It's all very well to talk about saving each e-mail via some program or another, but what your correspondent needs (and so do I) is a way to copy 3000 e-mails that already exist in Yahoo to the home computer with one click. Opening and forwarding every e-mail, even just the important ones, is not an option.
Those who don't want to use PDFCreator can use CutePDF or PrimePDF, or some other one--aren't they all about the same? CutePDF always works for me.
I pay $20 yearly for Yahoo Plus which I put through Outlook. I didn't go with Gmail which does have IMAP capability (making things easier if you are syncing email on multiple computers/devices) because I liked the idea of getting the mail I wanted to save OFF the server.. Is that why you listed POP3 and not IMAP? because you don't want it to remain on the server? IMAP can also be slower than POP3 - maybe that was why...
In Yahoo email, you can right click the body of the email, in the box click "This Frame" > "Save This Frame As" and direct it to a folder I created in My Documents. Works pretty well in Yahoo mail anyway.
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