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Setting up an Email in Thunderbird

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Thunderbird is an Open-Source email client brought to you by the Mozilla Organization. It has an integrated calendar, works well with Firefox and can be synched amongst all your computers whether MAC or PC.

Here is a short overview of how to install Thunderbird on your computer.

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Setting up an Email in Thunderbird

  1. 1. Setting up an email in ThunderbirdWhile much of the world is transfixed by the Cloud, life as a desktop based email is still hugelypopular with much of the community (myself included). There’s something reassuring about havingaccess to all your emails on your personal computers even without an internet connection.Thunderbird is an Open-Source email client brought to you by th Mozilla Organization. It has anintegrated calendar, works well with Firefox and can be synched amongst all your computerswhether MAC or PC.Here is a short overview of how to install Thunderbird on your computer. Click here And it downloads the setup programThen click on the download box when it’s complete
  2. 2. You get this window.Click RunYou get thisThen thisClick Next
  3. 3. Then click InstallAnd you get this
  4. 4. then thisClick FinishThe setup programme will now runThunderbird on your computer for the firsttime, and will offer a few options to beginwith:This window lets you import your contact listsfrom Outlook. If you want to transfer this intoThunderbird then just click Next,or click on the ‘don’t import anything’ if youdon’t want this.I’ve been using Outlook so I’ll import theinformation (ie just click Next).
  5. 5. Then Thunderbird opens:To access your mail just click Get Mail. If you have a password-protected email then it might askyou for this at this point, or simply download your mail into the Inbox.
  6. 6. If you haven’t imported addresses from Outlook, then you’ll need to set up your emails to downloadfrom the server. To do this, select Account settings from the Tools menu:Then select Account Actions -> Add Mail Account
  7. 7. Fill in the relevant details that you will have from your Email host (usually your web host). If you’re unsure, call your host for the correct details.It will automatically try and find your emailsettings, which is pretty cool. If it can’t find yoursthen click Manual Config and have your web hostinformation ready (or call them). I like to have the added security of entering my password whenever I check the mail. If you don’t care, leave the Remember password box ticked. If all seems right, then click Create Account.And (all going well) you can then click Get Mail to download all your emails from the server.And that’s it. You can set up email folders to file your mail in the same way as you would any foldersystem (ie right-click -> new folder) and you can even set mail to automatically file itself dependingon what it contains... But that’s a story for another article... This tutorial was brought to you by the team at Explainafide, a creative web designagency based in Australia. Keep your eyes open for more tuts over the coming weeks.

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