HowTos:E-mail configuration for Thunderbird

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This document describes how to configure Thunderbird for reading Mathematics Dept. E-mail. If you are trying to configure Thunderbird on one of Math/Fine Hall Linux workstations then please proceed to Configure Thunderbird on Math Linux workstations for easier and quicker setup.

While there are no images or specific instructions on this page for Mozilla configuration the process is very similar and these instructions should be helpfull for Mozilla as well.

In images below you will find approximate representations of what you should expect to see on your computer during setup. Entries that you are supposed to change or click on are emphasized with red boxes and are tagged with numbers. Text refers to these boxes via their numbers, e.g. (1).

Run wizard if not running already

If this is the first time you are running Thunderbird you will be presented with the "Account Wizard", as displayed in next step. If you are not presented with the wizard then please select in "File" menu "New"->"Account":

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Wizard: Choose type of account

In the first step you will be offered to select the type of account, select "Email Account" (1) and then click on "Next" (2):

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Wizard: Identity

In the identity part you need to enter your full name in "Your Name" box (1). It will be used in all your outgoing E-mails. Next you need to enter your E-mail address (2). The address is going to be something like "". Continue by clicking on "Next" (3).

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Wizard: Server Information

Now we specify E-mail server information. Select for type of incoming server "IMAP" (1). For "Incoming Server" type "" (2) and for "Outgoing Server" enter "" (3). Finally click on "Next" (4).

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Wizard: User Names

You need to confirm your user name for incoming (1) and outgoing (2) E-mail. Thunderbird will guess your name from your E-mail address so it should be correct and we should be able to proceed to step by clicking on "Next" (3).

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Wizard: Account Name

In penultimate step you are given a change to choose a name that Thunderbird will use for your account (1). By default it will suggest your E-mail address as such name but you can enter anything you want. For example, you could enter "Math Princeton E-mail" or similar. Proceed to final wizard step by clicking on "Next" (2).

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Wizard: Verify Information

Finally wizard will give you another opportunity to verifty information that you entered. If there are errors you can click on "Back" button, otherwise click on "Finish" (1) to end the wizard.

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Turn on Encryption: Open Account Settings

In order to safely transmit your password accross the internet we need to go through a couple more steps to turn on encryption for the above created account. In "Edit" menu please select "Account Settings" (1):

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Turn on Encryption: Account Settings Imap

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Turn on Encryption: Account Settings Smtp

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The end

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