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I want to use Thunderbird without saving e-mails to PC. How is this possible?

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I want to use Thunderbird without saving any e-mail to local folder in my PC. Can you please help me on this? thanks.

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There are two types - POP and IMAP You would need to logon to your webmail account using a browser and select the option to use IMAP forwarding - assuming that option is available.

Pop mail accounts can only access the server Inbox. Emails are downloaded to your computer and stored in your Thunderbird Profile folder. So this type may not suit your requirements.

IMAP mail accounts offer a remote view of folders and emails stored on the server.

You subscribe to see those folders. Then Headers are downloaded and when you select to view an email, the email is downloaded to a temp cache.

Subscribed folders that are synchronised, download a copy of the folder and store it in your Thunderbird Profile. But these folders are constantly updated to reflect what is stored on the server.

So your best option would be to create IMAP mail account, subscribe to see folders on the server, but do not select to synchronise those subscribed folders.

Emails stored in your Thunderbird Profile on your computer load faster than those that have to be retrieved from the server each time.

Info on synchronising, so you can see how to enable/disable.

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There are two types - POP and IMAP You would need to logon to your webmail account using a browser and select the option to use IMAP forwarding - assuming that option is available.

Pop mail accounts can only access the server Inbox. Emails are downloaded to your computer and stored in your Thunderbird Profile folder. So this type may not suit your requirements.

IMAP mail accounts offer a remote view of folders and emails stored on the server.

You subscribe to see those folders. Then Headers are downloaded and when you select to view an email, the email is downloaded to a temp cache.

Subscribed folders that are synchronised, download a copy of the folder and store it in your Thunderbird Profile. But these folders are constantly updated to reflect what is stored on the server.

So your best option would be to create IMAP mail account, subscribe to see folders on the server, but do not select to synchronise those subscribed folders.

Emails stored in your Thunderbird Profile on your computer load faster than those that have to be retrieved from the server each time.

Info on synchronising, so you can see how to enable/disable.