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Transferring FirstClass Mail to Office 365

To ensure the transfer works properly, use only a computer with the Outlook 2013 desktop application. Do not use the Outlook Web App (OWA). You must complete all 8 steps.

Step 1: Your FirstClass mailbox

1.      During the transfer process, only the second level folders will be copied. If you have a third level folder, you must move it to the second level, otherwise it will not transfer to Outlook. However, the emails in the third level will transfer, just not the folders.

2.      Only Incoming emails will transfer. Outgoing emails will not transfer.

3.      Documents / Files will not transfer. Download or drag and drop the documents to your computer desktop. Sign in to your One Drive for Business and upload them to O365.

4.      Delete any old emails that you do not want to transfer to outlook.

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Step 2: Exit/Quit FirstClass

Step 3: Setup Outlook Desktop App with your @limestone.on.ca Office 365 account


Step 4: Setup Outlook Desktop App with your @limestone.on.ca FirstClass account

  • Start Outlook Desktop App
  • Click the File menu, and choose Add Account.
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  • On the next screen, choose "Manual setup or additional server types" and click the Next button.
  • On the next screen, choose "POP or IMAP" and click the Next button.
  • Using your FirstClass credentials enter all fields as displayed in the image below.
Account type IMAP
Incoming and Outgoing Server is fcmail.limestone.on.ca
User Name: enter just your username, do not add the @limestone.on.ca
Password: enter your FC Password and click on More Settings, do not click Next.
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  • On the next screen, choose "Outgoing Server"
Check on "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication" Choose "Advanced" do not click OK.
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Change the "Outgoing server (SMTP):" number to 587, and click the OK button.
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  • This will put you back to the "Add Account" screen, click the Next button. Be patient while it configures your FirstClass profile in Outlook, this could take several minutes. If you click the Next button more than once the scree will display "(Not Responding)", do not close the screen.
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  • The following screen will appear. It will send a test message to your outlook account. You should not get any errors, if you do then go over all the previous steps, especially check your password. Once it's "Completed" click the Close button.
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  • Click the Finish button and this will put you back to your...
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  • "Outlook" screen. You will notice Outlook is "Synchronzing your firstclass Inbox". Be patient until the synchronization is finished. You're all set to proceed to Step 3.
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Step 5: Subscribe your FirstClass Mailbox into your Outlook Inbox.

  • Exit/Quit FirstClass.
  • In the Outlook desktop app, click the arrow beside your FirstClass account (not the Outlook account) to reveal the Inbox (if not already showing).
  • Right click on the @limestone.on.ca Inbox of the FirstClass account and choose "IMAP Folders.... If you do not see "IMAP Folders... you are on the @limestoneschools.ca inbox.
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  • On the next screen, verify "When displaying hierarchy in outlook, show only subscribed folders." is checked.
  • Click the "Query" button. Be patient while it looks for all your firstclass folders.
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  • On the next screen all FirstClass folders are listed. Notice the scroll bar. Holding down the Shift key select all the folders but not Inbox on the top and not Junk at the bottom (not everyone will have a Junk folder).
  • Click the “Subscribe” button.
  • Go to the Subscribed tab and check that all the folders are subscribed. They will all turn yellow (you will also see the Inbox and Junk folders and that’s ok).
  • Click Apply, wait do not click OK until the Apply button goes grey. Then click OK.
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You should now see all your FirstClass folders in Outlook under your FirstClass Inbox. Be patient until all your folders shows up.

Note: sometimes the FirstClass folders disappear from the Outlook sidebar. If this happens, even after you quit and restart Outlook, right click on your FirstClass account in the sidebar and select “Update Folder List”. In a few seconds your folders should reappear.

Step 6 - Open each folder in the FirstClass list
Before proceeding to Step 6, verify all your emails are showing in the folder and subfolders.

  • Exit/Quit FirstClass.
  • In the Outlook desktop app, click the arrow beside your FirstClass account (not the Outlook account) to reveal the Inbox (if not already showing).
  • Open each folder and subfolder. If your emails are not displaying.
  • Exit/Quit Outlook and again open each folder and subfolder until your emails are showing.


Step 7 - Copy your FirstClass Folders into you Outlook Inbox

Note: Your FirstClass messages have not yet been copied to your Outlook Inbox. You are just viewing them in the sidebar.

  • Hold down the Ctrl key while dragging a folder from FirstClass to the Outlook. Release the mouse button and Ctrl key once your pointer is below the Inbox (not on top of the Inbox)
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Step 8 - Remove your FirstClass account from Outlook


  • Click the File menu, and choose Account Settings
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  • Click the @limestone.on.ca account and the Remove
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