Installing and setting up Thunderbird

You must first install Thunderbird and then set it up to access your email.

Installing Thunderbird

Installing Thunderbird involves two steps: first, downloading the software and then running the installation program. Here is how to do that:

1. Close all other applications running on your computer.

2. If you have a USB memory stick, please find the Thunderbird Setup file on that drive, double click it and go to Step 4.  Otherwise, click on this link to download Thunderbird

3. When the download is finished, click on the file to start the installation as shown below for the Chrome browser or if you are using Internet Explorer or Edge, click Run. download thund 1


4. After extracting the files, Windows will ask if you want to allow the following program to make changes to your computer, click Yes.

thunderbird make changes


5. The first thing that the installer does is display the Welcome to the Mozilla Thunderbird Setup Wizard screen.Click the Next button to start the installation. Thunderbird 2


6. The next thing that you see is the Setup Type screen. For most users the Standard setup option is good enough for their needs. The Custom setup option is recommended for experienced users only. Note that Thunderbird installs itself as your default mail application. If you do not want this, clear the checkbox labeled Use Thunderbird as my default mail application. Click the Next button to continue the installation. 
Thunderbird 3


7. The last screen confirms where Thunderbird will be installed, click Install to continue. download thund 3


8. After Thunderbird has been installed, click the Finish button to close the setup wizard Thunderbird 4


9. If the Launch Mozilla Thunderbird now checkbox is selected, Thunderbird starts after it has been installed.  Once the program has lanuched for the first time, it will ask if you want to set Thunderbird as your default client for email, click Set as Default.

thunderbird set as default


10. Thunderbird will ask if you would like a new email address, click “Skip this and use my existing email”Thunderbird x3


11. On the existing email setup screen, enter your name, your email address, your password. Your password is your current email password. Click the Continue button to go to the next step. Thunderbird x1


12. Thunderbird should find the information for your email and automatically enters that information for you. Click the Done  button to add the account.  Thunderbird x2


(12a. If Thunderbird cannot find information for you, and you get a green swirl, click Manual config.
Screenshot 2015-09-09 15.49.37


12b. Type into the Server hostname, and set the SSL setting to STARTTLS, then click Re-test, and then Done.

Screenshot 2015-09-09 15.48.09


13. Your account has been created and you are almost ready.  Last setting change, click on the three horizontal lines

thunderbird done2

14.  Click on the word Options


Thunderbird 10 options open

15. Uncheck the box that says “When Thunderbird launches show the Start Page”, then click OK and you are ready to enjoy the Garden.

thunderbird 11


(Please note this does not affect the email filtering, only email that is approved for your use will make it to your inbox in the Thunderbird client.  If you don’t understand the difference between email filtering and email from an email client like Thunderbird, please read the 3rd Party Email Guide.)

If you want more information about how to use Thunderbird please download the Thunderbird User Manual (Chapter 14 and thereafter) or, to do more complicated things, like to migrate your mail from Outlook to Thunderbird, import contacts or other options, and see Chapter 10.

Next step:

You should be all set up, so please enjoy your Garden experience.