How to Access in Mozilla Thunderbird

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It is important, they say, to decide. Now, web-based email or desktop application, or Mozilla Thunderbird, which shall I choose?

Why not, you may think, both? This, after all, is also a decision, and certainly not the worst.

And indeed, you can have both web-based access to your email via and desktop access to your email through Mozilla Thunderbird.

Access in Mozilla Thunderbird

To set up downloading mail from and sending mail through your account in Mozilla Thunderbird:

  • Make sure POP access is enabled in
  • Select Tools | Account Settings... from the menu in Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • Click Add Account....
  • Make sure Email account is selected.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter your name under Your Name:.
  • Type your email address under Email Address:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Make sure POP is selected under Select the type of incoming server you are using..
  • Type "" under Incoming Server:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter your full address ("", for example) under Incoming User Name:.
    • You'll just have to append "" to what Mozilla Thunderbird has already entered for you.
  • Click Continue.
  • Type a name for your new account under Account Name: (e.g. "").
  • Click Continue.
  • Now click Done.

To make sure we can send mail in addition to receiving it (and have a copy of all send messages stored in's online Sent Mail folder):

  • Highlight Outgoing Server (SMTP) in the list of account on the left.
  • Click Add....
  • Type "" under Server Name:.
  • Make sure Use name and password is checked.
  • Type your full address under User Name:.
  • Click OK.
  • Highlight the account we created before.
  • Under Outgoing Server (SMTP):, make sure is selected.
  • Click OK.