How to Install and Configure Thunderbird in Windows 7?

Admin | How to's Technology | 5 minutes read | Last updated on February 8th, 2023,

There are many types of e-mail management programs out there. Most Microsoft Windows users are at ease with Outlook and may have used it or are presently using it. There are choices to using Outlook that does not want you to log in to a website.

Mozilla’s Thunderbird is an email application that was advanced by the same guys who advanced the popular Firefox web browser. It is an open-source application and can be completely modified to do just about anything you wish with your email, RSS feeds, and newsgroups.

An Introduction to Mozilla Thunderbird:

Mozilla Thunderbird was first launched in December 2004. It functions as an e-mail, newsgroup, and RSS feed application. It exists for both Windows and Mac platforms. It has some really good built-in features, such as tabbed browsing, numerous layouts, a pseudo-conversation view, and simple account adding process. A few other features of Mozilla Thunderbird consist of customizable message management, a trainable spam filtering system, and the compatibility to increase features with user-created add-ons, themes, and plug-ins.

Thunderbird is also well-suited with new Mozilla software called Sunbird, which manages your calendar. Mozilla Thunderbird can provide you the chance to ditch logging into web sites or utilizing MS Outlook for something with more and advanced functionality.

How to Install Thunderbird Application:

  • The first step to installing Mozilla Thunderbird is to download it from Mozilla’s web site here. Once you download it, you need to double-click on the installation icon to start the installation procedure. Now you have to click next after reading the message of welcome from Mozilla.

  • Now you need to select whether to do a standard or custom installation. If you go with custom, this permits you to choose options for creating icons for Mozilla Thunderbird and what the folder is called in your Start Menu. You can also select from the get-go if Thunderbird is your default email application. If you plan on using Mozilla Thunderbird to manage your emails, then check this option.

  • After that, you need to select the installation destination. A number of users installing Thunderbird will just leave the default location alone. If you need the install to happen in a more specific directory, then you have to input that before moving next.

  • When you have performed all the steps of installation, a summary window will automatically appear. It will list the installation directory and ready to install it. Hit on the Install button to continue with the procedure. If you want to make any changes, you can click the back button and navigate to the section where you wish to make the change.

  • Now, you are ready to use the Thunderbird application. Just hit on the “Finish” to complete the installation process.

How to Configure your Email Address in Thunderbird?

  • Once you have completed installing process of Thunderbird, you need to open up the application and start using it. The first step is to add an email address. You will be asked to do this as soon as Thunderbird loads.
  • Now, you have to enter the name you use with your Email ID, the ID itself, and your password. Your password will be hidden from sight. You also have to select whether Thunderbird will save your password or not. If you don’t select this option, you will be asked to fill it every time the application access your online mailbox to download the emails.
  • Thunderbird will query the servers connected with your Email Id to automatically fill in the incoming and outgoing email servers. If it cannot find them, you will have to manually fill the details. You can get this from the most email providers in the help or troubleshooting parts (search for IMAP and POP3 access in your help section of email providers). When you have the green light from your username and incoming and outgoing servers, then you can click on the Create Account button.

  • The next box that goes off will ask you what you want to use Thunderbird for. You can select to use it for email, feeds, and newsgroups services. Hit the ones you will use and if you did not already designate Mozilla Thunderbird as your default email application, you can do so now and then click on the Okay.

  • Once your first email account is configured or set-up completely, it will show on the left side of the application. It will start downloading emails quickly from the server. In the situation of Gmail which utilizes folders server-side to organize emails, it will also download the folders with the accurate contents if you have enabled it to do so.
  • Since every email provider is not the same, you need to check out what type of POP3/IMAP settings they use to set up them to use with the Mozilla Thunderbird application.

  • Now, you need to tinker with the settings of the email ID you added in Mozilla Thunderbird. In the main panel, you will see links to numerous settings. You wish to navigate to View settings for this account.

  • You will view the email you added and many different categories to start setting up. The first one you need to check out is your Account Settings. These pop-up messages when you simply hit on your email ID. You can alter or modify the account display name in Mozilla Thunderbird, the name on your emails, the reply-to address, and even add a default account signature.

  • The next settings to take a view at are the Server Settings. This area allows you to modify the incoming server detail as well as how often you verify the email server for mail as well as what happens to the deleted mail. You can also alter the local directory where your Thunderbird settings, archives, and cache are put in storage from here.

  • The last group of settings you should take a view at on the first installation of Thunderbird is the Copies and Folders ones. This is where you can alter how mail interacts with Thunderbird once it is downloaded to the application. By default, a set of folders are generated account-wide to archive emails. If you want every email ID to have its own set of folders, this is where you modify those options.
  • In order to do that, you have to check the option of “Folder on” for the email address you added. Make sure it points to that email address, and you are better to go. If you want global email archive folders, just simply keep the checked other options.

What Different Can you Do with Mozilla Thunderbird?

Once you have configured your first email account, you can do much more with the Mozilla Thunderbird. You can add extra email accounts, you can start tinkering with the adaptive spam filter or you can discover themes and add-ons to do more with the application.

Thunderbird can be completely customizable and integrated with whatever you do on your system. Why are you yet reading this post? Just get to know Thunderbird and discover all the things it can do for you.

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