Mozilla Thunderbird Setup and Configuration

Installation

Mozilla Thunderbird is installed on all of the DECS Public Lab Windows machines.

  1. To install Mozilla Thunderbird, first download the installer file from here.
  2. Run the downloaded installer and click Next. (image)
  3. Un-select any shortcut locations you do not want and click Next. (image)
  4. Select the location you wish to install to and click Install. (image)
  5. Click Finish and the installation is complete. (image)

 

Setup

If this is the first time Thunderbird has been run:

  1. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird: Start > All Programs > Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. A box appears with list of options, leave "E-mail" and "Always perform this check..." checked if you want Thunderbird set up as your default mail client. Click OK (image)
  3. Fill in the form with your name, full email address, and password. Click Continue.
  4. Thunderbird should work out the details of the account.  When finished click Create Account (image)
    --If configuration of the account fails, please refer below for more troubleshooting.

     

If you want to add a new or additional e-mail account into Thunderbird:

  1. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird: Start > All Programs > Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. Go to Tools > Account Settings.
  3. In "Account Settings" click on Account Actions > Add Mail Account(image)
  4. Fill in the form with your name, full e-mail address, and password. Click Continue.
  5. Thunderbird should work out the details of the account.  When finished click Create Account (image)
    --If configuration of the account fails, please refer below for more troubleshooting.
     

If the auto-configuration of Thunderbird fails, see the following:

**NOTE** These specific configuration settings are for egr.msu.edu addresses only.

  1. In "Account Settings" click on Add Account. (image)
    1. Fill in the information on the form and click Next.
    2. Click Manual Config(image)
    3. Choose IMAP for the incoming server and in both the "Incoming Server" and "Outgoing Server" text boxes enter mail.egr.msu.edu. (image)
    4. For Port Numbers, Incoming should be set to 993 and Outgoing to 587. (image)
    5. SSL should be set to SSL/TLS for Incoming connections, and STARTTLS for Outgoing. (image)
    6. Both Incoming and Outgoing connections are Authenticated with Normal Password. (image)
    7. Enter your EGR username (eg. SmithJ) (image)
    8. Click Finish.
  2. Next, go to Account Settings in the Tools menu. Click on Server Settings under the account, then select the SSL radio button in the Security Settings box and check Clean up (Expunge) Inbox on Exit in the Server Settings box. (image)
     
  3. In Account Settings click on Outgoing Server then select your engineering account and then click Edit. Select TLS and Use name and password. Then change the Port: field from 25 to 587. For the User Name type in your EGR NetID and then click OK. (image)

    ** Note ** Enter only your username WITHOUT "@egr.msu.edu."
     

Additional Configuration

Folder Subscriptions

  1. From within Mozilla Thunderbird, click File then Subscribe... (image)
  2. Choose the folder that you wish to subscribe to (eg. "Spam") and click Subscribe or check the box next to the folder. (image)
  3. Click Ok.