How to Set Up Your Thunderbird Email in Windows Vista

There are a number of free email clients available which you can use to manage and organise your emails. Mozilla Thunderbird is one such program that allows its users to organize their emails with high privacy and security. The program uses POP and IMAP communication protocols.

Therefore, it is important that you set up an email account that supports either POP or IMAP communication protocols. Here in this article, Gmail will be used an example to set up an email account on Mozilla Thunderbird.

The process is a bit tricky. So, you should be very accurate in entering the required information in the program.


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    Open and login to your account. Click the gear icon appearing at the top right corner of the Gmail window. Now select “Settings” and you will see a list of options, which you can use to change preferences of your Gmail account.

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    Click the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab. Now select “Enable POP for all mail” if the POP Download Status shows “POP is disabled”.

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    Now you need to enable the IMAP by selecting the “Enable IMAP” from the “IMAP Access” section.

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    After you are done with enabling POP and IMAP, you should click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page.

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    If you do not have Thunderbird installed in your computer, then you can download it for free, from its official website, and install it. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and select “Account” by going to the “File” menu.

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    Click the “Email Account” option, and then the “Next” button. You will now be asked to enter your name and email address. Enter the required information and click the “Next” button.

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    Now click “IMAP” and enter “” before clicking the “Next” button. If you want to use POP to set up your account, then you can choose “POP” and enter the respective URL.

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    You will be required to enter your Gmail username. Write it and press the “Next” key. Also, enter you account name and click the “Next” button, and then click the “Finish” button.

  • 9

    Now you need to select “Account Settings” from the “Tools” drop-down menu. Click “email account” at the left panel and enter “993” in the “Port number” field. Under secure connection section, click “SSL”.

  • 10

    Go to “Outgoing Server (SMTP)” and click the “Add” button. You will now be asked to enter server name and username. You can enter “” and “587” respectively, and select TLS as secure connection before clicking the “Next” button.

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    You are now all set to send and receive emails using Mozilla Thunderbird.

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