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Why does Thunderbird try to logon to an email account that I deleted from Thunderbird

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I just want to use Thunderbird to access a Newsgroup, so I deleted my gmail email account from Thunderbird (which Thunderbird apparently found on its own: it was in Thunderbird when I first started it).

But Thunderbird keeps trying to logon to the gmail account - popping up a dialog requiring me to provide my gmail password and authorize Thunderbird. It does this every 15 minutes (the frequency I want Thunderbird to check for Newsgroup posts).

How can I stop this?

I just want to use Thunderbird to access a Newsgroup, so I deleted my gmail email account from Thunderbird (which Thunderbird apparently found on its own: it was in Thunderbird when I first started it). But Thunderbird keeps trying to logon to the gmail account - popping up a dialog requiring me to provide my gmail password and authorize Thunderbird. It does this every 15 minutes (the frequency I want Thunderbird to check for Newsgroup posts). How can I stop this?

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Do you have a Google calendar or Contacts address book that was added at the same time as the mail account?

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"Do you have a Google calendar or Contacts address book that was added at the same time as the mail account?"

I don't have any Google calendar or contacts at Google; but I did get a calendar and contacts when I first opened Thunderbird. I believe they came from my Outlook calendar and contacts.

I was going to delete them from Thunderbird, but was afraid that might cause them to be deleted from Outlook.

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I should have added: after I posted my question here, I tried to submit a reply to a Newsgroup post.

It appears that Thunderbird wants to use may gmail account to send the reply ... so I got asked to authorize again. When I refused to authorize, my reply failed.

I'm confused.

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I take it back.

I never realized there was a calendar or contacts at Google: I found them at Google and in Thunderbird.

I assume they're causing my problem; so how do I get rid of them?

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Well, you still need the gmail account, so do you want to delete the calendar?

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In Address Book, right-click the Google book, Remove. On the Calendar tab, right-click the Google calendar, Unsubscribe. Check Outgoing Server (SMTP) in Account Settings and delete the gmail smtp if it's still there.

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I think I have the calendar deleted, but I can't get any option to delete the gmail smtp that is still there.

There are four buttons to the right of the outgoing server name: Add, Edit, Remove and Set Default. Remove and Set Default are grayed out (I have selected the server name).

The server name reads "Google Mail - smtp.gmail.com (Default)".

That is the same name as the Outgoing Server (SMTP) for my newsgroup (news.eternal-september.org)

There is a dropdown option to "Use default server". Will choosing that work for the newsgroup? Possibly then allow me to delete the outgoing gmail server?

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You can't deleted the Default account or server. Set another one as default (which you'll need if you're posting to newsgroups), then remove the first one.

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"You can't deleted the Default account or server".

I assumed that.

My dilemma arose because there are only 2 choices in the Outgoing Server (SMTP) dropdown now: 1) the google server designated as "Google Mail - smtp.gmail.com (Default)" 2) a second choice saying just "Use default server"

I have no idea what "Use default server" means - is it a "real" server? Can I just choose that one, then delete the google server?

If that won't work, where would I find another server?

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Just to jump in. You do not need an SMTP server if posting to a newsgroup. The SMTP server is only needed if also writing email to a member of a group.

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