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How To Set Up Thunderbird With Gmail

Lonnie from Cisco, TX writes:

I would like to know how to use Thunderbird to read my Gmail account. I use Thunderbird to read my local ISP e-mail and would like to do the same with my Gmail account.


Thunderbird, the free e-mail client available from Mozilla by clicking here [1], supports receiving and sending mail from any POP3 or IMAP e-mail provider. Adding your Gmail account to Thunderbird is simple.

Start by going to the Tools Menu in upper right-hand corner and click the arrow next to Options then click Account Settings.

In Account Settings, click Account Actions and then click Add Mail Account.

In the Mail Account Setup screen, type in your name as you would like others to see it, your full Gmail e-mail address and the Gmail account password. Click Continue. An option should come up to select either IMAP (remove folders) or POP3 (keep mail on your computer). The IMAP option should automatically be selected, if not, select IMAP and click Done.

Thunderbird should now be set up to send and receive your Gmail e-mail account.