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Change SMTP Server for a Given Account

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Good day all.

Currently using 68.10.0 (64-bit) and am trying to send an e-mail from one of my accounts...let's say "Account A."

Account A uses XYZ e-mail provider, and is having no issues with receiving e-mail. However, in trying to send e-mail, Account A uses the SMTP settings for Account B. This does not work because Account B uses the LMNOPQ e-mail provider.

Now, I have multiple e-mail accounts spread across multiple e-mail providers. So when I look at the "Outgoing Server (SMTP) Settings" window, I see many entries. Admittedly, I am confused as to why there is this separate window for SMTP settings when it seems to me that each e-mail account could (should?) have its own window, such as is the case with the IMAP/POP settings (say, in the "Server Settings" area). Doing so would, I think, allow for a user to easily associate each e-mail account to specific IMAP/POP settings. As it is, I can see no way to do this with the current layout.

But, I digress.

In any event, my first question is: 1) How does one associate a single a (Account A, Account B, Account C...whatever) to specific SMTP settings as is done with IMAP/POP settings?; 2) Is there a way to NOT have a "Default" SMTP server? Personally I see no need for it. What would be preferred is, as stated previously, to simply have a window within each e-mail account wherein one lists the SPECIFIC SMTP settings for that account, as is the case with the IMAP/POP settings; 3) I've done an "Add" of a group of SMTP settings that would work for this Account A, but I do not see any way to associate/link those settings to that specific account. In fact, after I did this "Add," I closed Thunderbird, reopened it and tried once again to send this same e-mail from Account A. And once again Account A tried to use the SMTP settings for the LMNOPQ e-mail provider and NOT the ones for the XYZ e-mail provider. So how does one associate/link a listed entry in the "Outgoing Server (SMTP) Settings" window to a given e-mail account?

Finally, perhaps it's the case that I've missed one or more things. I thought I had this figured out as I have a number of other e-mail accounts with different e-mail providers, all of which appear to be working properly, but now I'm at a loss to understand what's going on here.

Thank you!

Good day all. Currently using 68.10.0 (64-bit) and am trying to send an e-mail from one of my accounts...let's say "Account A." Account A uses XYZ e-mail provider, and is having no issues with receiving e-mail. However, in trying to send e-mail, Account A uses the SMTP settings for Account B. This does not work because Account B uses the LMNOPQ e-mail provider. Now, I have multiple e-mail accounts spread across multiple e-mail providers. So when I look at the "Outgoing Server (SMTP) Settings" window, I see many entries. Admittedly, I am confused as to why there is this separate window for SMTP settings when it seems to me that each e-mail account could (should?) have its own window, such as is the case with the IMAP/POP settings (say, in the "Server Settings" area). Doing so would, I think, allow for a user to easily associate each e-mail account to specific IMAP/POP settings. As it is, I can see no way to do this with the current layout. But, I digress. In any event, my first question is: 1) How does one associate a single a (Account A, Account B, Account C...whatever) to specific SMTP settings as is done with IMAP/POP settings?; 2) Is there a way to NOT have a "Default" SMTP server? Personally I see no need for it. What would be preferred is, as stated previously, to simply have a window within each e-mail account wherein one lists the SPECIFIC SMTP settings for that account, as is the case with the IMAP/POP settings; 3) I've done an "Add" of a group of SMTP settings that would work for this Account A, but I do not see any way to associate/link those settings to that specific account. In fact, after I did this "Add," I closed Thunderbird, reopened it and tried once again to send this same e-mail from Account A. And once again Account A tried to use the SMTP settings for the LMNOPQ e-mail provider and NOT the ones for the XYZ e-mail provider. So how does one associate/link a listed entry in the "Outgoing Server (SMTP) Settings" window to a given e-mail account? Finally, perhaps it's the case that I've missed one or more things. I thought I had this figured out as I have a number of other e-mail accounts with different e-mail providers, all of which appear to be working properly, but now I'm at a loss to understand what's going on here. Thank you!

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By default, Thunderbird works exactly as you wish, that is, each account you configure has its own smtp server associated with it. When you open Account Settings for that account, at the bottom of the window you get the entry for the SMTP server associated with or in use by that account, REGARDLESS of which the default smtp server is in the list of smtp servers. If Account A is not using XYZ's smtp serve, then select XYZ's smtp server in Account A's settings. The presence of a default smtp server in the smtp server list does NOT affect which smtp server is in use by a certain account, because each account uses the smtp server you've configured it to use.

This article about Account Settings should get you familiar with the options available. Configuration Options for Accounts

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By default, Thunderbird works exactly as you wish, that is, each account you configure has its own smtp server associated with it. When you open Account Settings for that account, at the bottom of the window you get the entry for the SMTP server associated with or in use by that account, REGARDLESS of which the default smtp server is in the list of smtp servers. If Account A is not using XYZ's smtp serve, then select XYZ's smtp server in Account A's settings. The presence of a default smtp server in the smtp server list does NOT affect which smtp server is in use by a certain account, because each account uses the smtp server you've configured it to use.

This article about Account Settings should get you familiar with the options available. Configuration Options for Accounts

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Stans,

Good day, and thank you for the quick response.

I see what you're saying about how the Tbird layout does what I want, so to speak.

However, after a PC restart and firing up Tbird again, that same Account A will NOT use the SMTP settings that I created for it, instead using the SMTP settings for a different e-mail provider. I even set the newly created SMTP settings as the "Default."

SIGH

Well, as near as I can tell, my only option is to remove Account A and re-create it, this time (hopefully) linking it to the correct SMTP settings.

Thanks again and havea nice day.