<p “=”">Email Setup
The primary feature of Thunderbird is the email client, here we will setup a new email account step by step.
- Open Thunderbird and from the menu bar choose the File menu. From there select New, and Mail Account…
- You will then be provided with a drop down sheet that allows you to fill in the information fields Your Name, Email Address and Password. Press Continue. This will start an email set up wizard that will parse the domain information from the provided email address and look up the MX server.
- If it can isolate that information it will set the incoming and outgoing server. If it cannot find that information it will place its best guess in front of the email domain. Success or fail Thunderbird will show its information in an expanded section of the sheet and allow you to correct its information. TAKE NOTE This is the section where you pick whether the incoming mail is POP or IMAP. Under most circumstances we will wish to choose IMAP. POP is limited in its features and is usually not chosen. Once the settings have been correct you need to press the Re-Test button in order to Complete the setup.
Manual Setup. If you don’t want to make use of the set up wizard you can press the manual setup button and it will bypass the auto configure tool and allow whatever settings you specify.
Advanced Setup. Choosing advanced set up button will yield the same sheet as choosing Tools and Account Settings then Server Settings
<p “=”">Settings Specific to Google Mail.
Google mail does not provide true IMAP connections. Meaning that an email application with an IMAP connection sends commands to the IMAP server and expects the server to move messages to different mbox files that represent folders. In Google Mail the server holds the messages in a different data base and provides an IMAP interface for convenience, BUT this also means there can be complications when a mail program tries to do operations that don’t make sense for google. Disable Sent Mail Storage. Modern IMAP capable mail programs have an automated process that will copy a message when it is sent to a folder either on the server or on a local drive. Google Mail does not require this because the message is held in a database and simply acquires the flag Sent Message. If you do not disable this feature on the mail client you will get multiple copies of each sent message and fill up the database faster.
Disable Drafts storage on the server. Google mail will make save copies of each draft message as you add text to it. This can cause an issue where your email program sees these saved versions and will attempt to download them. This creates some confusion on the part of the program and you can get a lot of duplicate drafts. Folders vs. Labels. Google mail does not have folders, it has labels. These are database tags that allow you to filter the mail store. When you click on a label in the web interface for google mail you are filtering through all of the mail messages to display the messages that meet your filter. This means that single message can have more than one tag and there fore show up in more than one filtered search. IMAP mail clients only understand folders so you can have situations where you have one or more email messages that show up in more than one folder. This is still one message but the mail client doesn’t know how to handle it. Some clients have made the mistake of throwing out the message in one “folder” and expecting it to stay in the other “folder” when the delete operation has removed it from the database and it disappears.
<p “=”">Exchange Setup
Thunderbird has no specific settings for exchange. You must have the IMAP connector and SMTP connector active in Exchange to even set up the account. The auto setup program will query the exchange server and will likely get the exchange set up information in stead of the imap address. So it is prudent to review the information or manually setup. So it is prudent to review the information or manually setup