Creating a Thunderbird Email Account

Note: If you have just installed Thunderbird, the New Account Wizard will start automatically and you can skip to step 3.

1. Launch Thunderbird from the desktop icon or the Programs menu.

Click on "Tools" and then from the Tools menu click on "Account Settings".

2. Click on the "Add Account" button.

3. Select "Email account" and click "Next".

4. Type your name as you would like it to appear in the "From" field when someone receives an email from you. Then type your email address. By convention this is all lower case, but you can capitalize letters if you prefer. Email will be delivered to you independent of upper or lower case.

Click "Next".

5. The incoming server type should already say "POP", do not change this. Type "" for the incoming mailserver and "" for the outgoing mailserver.

(If you have your own domain name, we will usually set up your mailserver names as "pop.yourdomain" and "mail.yourdomain".)

Click "Next".

6. In most cases, Thunderbird will guess your user name correctly from your email address. If we gave you a different user name, type it in both boxes.

Click "Next".

7. By default, Thunderbird will refer to this account by the email address. You can name it something different if you prefer, it will not affect functionality.

Click "Next".

8. Verify the settings and click "Finish".

9. Enter your password, place a checkmark next to "Use Password Manager to remember this password.", and click "OK".

10. Click the "Yes" button to set Thunderbird as your default mail application. This means that Thunderbird will launch when you click on a "mailto:" link in a webpage.

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