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settings for a simple experience with gmail and thunderbird

I am in my 70s and have been through a lot in the last 3 years (flooded home, my husband, dog and chihuahua living in a tiny room for a year and a half, suffering a $50,0… (read more)

I am in my 70s and have been through a lot in the last 3 years (flooded home, my husband, dog and chihuahua living in a tiny room for a year and a half, suffering a $50,000 loss to a shifty contractor, two cancer scares, etc.), and the latest challenge--the pandemic--has fried what used to be my pretty good brain cells. Now,I find that in order to continue using technology, I must have step-by-step directions, preferably with pictures, or I simply cannot function in the tech world. I am not quite ready to give up, so I was wondering if some kind soul(s) out there that still have working brain cells would be willing to help me? My dad kept his computer skills going until he passed away at 92, and I am hoping to be that fortunate, but it is not looking good. Everything is so interwoven now days, it drives me to distraction.

I have managed to set up a gmail account, then installed Thunderbird on my desktop, but I am at a loss understanding what configuration to use to get the easy-to-use performance I want. Some notes:

1. When I get an email, I do not need to archive it anywhere (not sure what that means anyway). I open the mail, read it and then save it to the appropriate folder on my hard drive, then delete the copy in my Thunderbird (and, hopefully, it deletes in gmail). I don't know what ALL MAIL is or why I need it? What should my settings be to accomodate my system? Once I have saved an email to my hard drive or deleted it, I want it gone, period, from gmail and Thunderbird. I usually only have email from the current or previous day, that's it. I keep a clean inbox and have a highly structured set of folders to save any emails I want throughout my hard drive in the logical folders for them.

2. I like sent mail copIes in a SENT mail folder until I delete them because sometimes I check back to see what I sent.

3. I want the contacts set up in gmail synced to Thunderbird and stay current with any changes in either email client.

4.The DRAFTS folder is important so that, if I am interrupted, I can come back and finish mail later.

5. I do not want LABELS, IMPORTANT, STARS or any other folder to complicate things. I just want INBOX, DRAFTS, SENT, SPAM, AND TRASH...and when I put it in TRASH, I want it gone when I close Thunderbird.

6. In summary, I just want the basics so that I can continue to use technology no matter what challenges are going on in my life.... for another decade, if possible.

I am using a Lenovo Legion laptop, Windows 10 64bits, Chrome (sorry, Firefox, but I am too old to switch now), and Thunderbird whatever the latest version is. I truly love Thunderbird, but I cannot figure out what settings to use to accomplish the system above.

This Texas granny would be forever grateful if any brainy people out there could dumb-down some steps for me to accomplish the above... and if you have screenshots, I will sing your praises from now until eternity!

Donna in Texas

Asked by guidrydesktop 1 year ago

Answered by guidrydesktop 1 year ago

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Restore bookmarks isn't working

I just updated to windows 10, before I did I backed up my files on my firefox bookmark account. I went to to the restore thing, I saw all my stuff for a moment but after … (read more)

I just updated to windows 10, before I did I backed up my files on my firefox bookmark account. I went to to the restore thing, I saw all my stuff for a moment but after accepting the restore I can't get it to show. I still have my one Restore March, 31st option with 11 items appearing but nothing happens.

Asked by Yield 1 year ago

Answered by jscher2000 1 year ago

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address bar dropdown arrow and menu of sites gone with recent update of firefox

"question: says it all. I have gone to "Options' and checked all the boxes and still I get only an abbreviated list of sites that I visit or have visited and this does no… (read more)

"question: says it all. I have gone to "Options' and checked all the boxes and still I get only an abbreviated list of sites that I visit or have visited and this does not change with time. I have been using Firefox for years and this has never happened after an upgrade. For instance every time i want to go to my Hotmail account, I have to type in the URL in the address bar where as I used to be able to hit the drop down arrow in the address bar, a menu would drop down and i could click on Hotmail or Bank of America, etc and be taken to the site.

Asked by casale 1 year ago

Answered by jscher2000 1 year ago

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Thunderbird does not accept my verizon-yahoo password

My password is valid because I can access my email via the verizon-yahoo web. However, TB suddenly stopped accepting the password. I get the following error message: Se… (read more)

My password is valid because I can access my email via the verizon-yahoo web. However, TB suddenly stopped accepting the password. I get the following error message:

Sending of password for user jsaklas@verizon.net did not succeed. Mail server incoming.yahoo.verizon.net responded: Server error - Please try again later. OS: Windows10 Server is : POP Mail Server: incoming.yahoo.verizon.net Conn.Sec: SSL/TLS Auth meth: Normal password

There are NO saved passwords in the Saved Logins window in the Options - Security page.

Asked by jsaklas 1 year ago

Answered by sluchuck 1 year ago

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Uninstall current Firefox from W10 Desktop PC

There are several posts on this site regarding uninstalling Firefox. I am running current Firefox on current W10 64bit 1903 desktop PC using Ethernet with Spectrum as my… (read more)

There are several posts on this site regarding uninstalling Firefox. I am running current Firefox on current W10 64bit 1903 desktop PC using Ethernet with Spectrum as my ISP. I am having a couple of problems in Firefox that are not happening in current Chrome. 1. Page-not-found 2-8 times a day that resolve every time by simply clicking the "retry" (or something close to that) button. I reset my router to "factory" and installed most current router firmware but that did not help. Netgear Support has been unable to help. 2. In current LastPass addon, I have to re-login to LastPass every time I start Firefox - did not used to do that (a year ago), and in Chrome or Edge that does not happen. I have re-installed the LastPass add-on. I have upgraded Firefox many times and have cleared history/cache many times. So now I want to COMPLETELY remove Firefox, reboot, and then install Firefox from scratch. Can someone please point me to the web page that tells me how to properly remove all of Firefox so that I can re-download/install it from the beginning? I do not care about retaining my Firefox settings or other from my current Firefox install.

Asked by cwr64 2 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 2 years ago

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Hate update 89 -> how rollback with all settings/history to 88 ? Or change the look of 89 that it will look like 88

Hello, today I was surprised with a update ver.88 -> 89. It completely changed the look. Few weeks back it was similar with Thunderbird. I hate this look. I want old … (read more)

Hello, today I was surprised with a update ver.88 -> 89. It completely changed the look. Few weeks back it was similar with Thunderbird.

I hate this look. I want old look back - how to do this. I tried rollback to 88, but it ask to create new profile - after copying all content of profile it dose not work...

Is there a way to change look of 89 to look exactly like 88 ?

why why why .. again ..

Asked by a.h.porebski 7 months ago

Answered by George 7 months ago

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can not send mail after update ver78 SOLVED: caused by TLS

I can not send emails after the new update I am getting this error. Sending of the message failed. Peer using unsupported version of security protocol. The configuration … (read more)

I can not send emails after the new update I am getting this error. Sending of the message failed. Peer using unsupported version of security protocol. The configuration related to smtp.vcn.com must be corrected I have checked all settings and had the ISP check also and can not get past this error.Any help would be appreciated

Asked by copyjerome 1 year ago

Answered by sfhowes 1 year ago

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Audio cracking on videos for example on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

The audio on videos from YouTube/Facebook/Twitter/any website which allows video/audio play, is cracking. Mostly happens when there are multiple tabs open. What can I do?… (read more)

The audio on videos from YouTube/Facebook/Twitter/any website which allows video/audio play, is cracking. Mostly happens when there are multiple tabs open. What can I do? Also, I have tried doing a full uninstall and installing again, continues with the same problem. This did not used to happen before.

Asked by João Vitor 2 years ago

Answered by Kawaii Amber 2 years ago

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Thunderbird V78 problem in MacOS Big Sur

Dear Thunderbird and all: When will have Version of Thunderbird fit for MacOS Big Sur? Now, use Version 78.4.3 is big problem in MacOS big sur, that start Thunderbird w… (read more)

Dear Thunderbird and all: When will have Version of Thunderbird fit for MacOS Big Sur? Now, use Version 78.4.3 is big problem in MacOS big sur, that start Thunderbird would be waiting loooooooooog time, when thunderbird show all emails, then scrolling is lag(delay) without , dear all, do you know how resolved this problem? I had try uninstall, reinstall, I had try everything what I can do. Thanks, if you have same problem with best solution to solve problem, please ,please let me know. I am really appreciate . thank you for your urgent reply.

Best Regards! Michael.

Asked by Michael.O 1 year ago

Answered by Wayne Mery 1 year ago

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89.0 update changed theme

Update 89.0 changed the browser theme to something I don't like, too pale and pastel. Options to change back to what I had aren't available. The options presented are now… (read more)

Update 89.0 changed the browser theme to something I don't like, too pale and pastel. Options to change back to what I had aren't available. The options presented are now uglier than this sick looking theme.

How do I undo 89.0 update? Pretty much looks like (from release notes on another post) 89.0 has nothing at all to do with security and it's just someone at Firefox wanting to change things just for the sake of changing things.

I hope Firefox isn't going to start doing silly things like moving the first floor to the second floor and the second floor to the first floor just because some administrator feels like it.

Asked by lee37 7 months ago

Last reply by Chris Ilias 7 months ago

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How do I stop Firefox Update from Popping-Up?

I wish to stop the new pop-up update notification message built into Firefox 69.0.#. A pop-up message is not necessary, irritating and tiresome. Why is there no option av… (read more)

I wish to stop the new pop-up update notification message built into Firefox 69.0.#.

A pop-up message is not necessary, irritating and tiresome.

Why is there no option available to turn it off?

Asked by blebadef 2 years ago

Last reply by Matthias 1 year ago

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Reinstalled TBird 68 and unable to reactivate (win10)

Due to a System Crash at the end of October, I had to reinstall TBird 68.3 on Windows 10 (64 Bits). Since Nothing could be fixed, I upgraded TBird to V.84.0b3(64 Bits), h… (read more)

Due to a System Crash at the end of October, I had to reinstall TBird 68.3 on Windows 10 (64 Bits). Since Nothing could be fixed, I upgraded TBird to V.84.0b3(64 Bits), hoping it would work better...

All my email Folders and their content reloaded themselves without any problem. However, my Contacts Folder remains empty and I have also been unable to find the correct Filters to receive any emails that have been sent to me since this Crash!

I am now desperate for help, so please don't hesitate to email me to "carl.bongaerts254@gmail.com" and please send a CC to my TBird email "info@tissim.com", just in case I find a solution in the near future!!! Thank you very, very much! Carl

Asked by carl.bongaerts254 1 year ago

Answered by Matt 1 year ago

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Deleting Messages

How do I disable the ANNOYING message box I get every time I want to send a message to the trash folder. Thunderbird keeps asking me if I want the message deleted to save… (read more)

How do I disable the ANNOYING message box I get every time I want to send a message to the trash folder. Thunderbird keeps asking me if I want the message deleted to save disk space. This just started in the past week. I want my deleted messages to go to the trash folder and I will manage that folder. I can't seem to find anything in settings that lets me disable this option.

Asked by miclev2333 1 year ago

Answered by christ1 1 year ago

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Size of Thunderbird (text, mail, icons...) has become extremely small.

Today I migrated from an older mac to a brand new one (Mojave 10.14). When I opened Thunderbird (60.8, latest update checked), the display (fonts, icons, mails... everyt… (read more)

Today I migrated from an older mac to a brand new one (Mojave 10.14). When I opened Thunderbird (60.8, latest update checked), the display (fonts, icons, mails... everything) had become so small it was almost impossible to read.

Zoom in/out didn't change a thing. The tiny size remained tiny.

Zooming in only worked on the add-on/plug-in page but not on the mails or on the display itself.

The "zoom" add-on won't work on mac. It was disabled many years ago.

Asked by paret.buzenol 2 years ago

Answered by Toad-Hall 2 years ago

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Recent Update from Thunderbird Ver 68 to 78.

Hi: I've just by mistake downloaded the Thunderbird Update from Ver 68 to 78 and I want to go back to the Version 68 - could you provide me with the details how to do it,… (read more)

Hi: I've just by mistake downloaded the Thunderbird Update from Ver 68 to 78 and I want to go back to the Version 68 - could you provide me with the details how to do it, please? Your earlier advice would be greatly appreciated ...! Many thanks. Tony H.

Asked by thorsak 1 year ago

Last reply by Wayne Mery 1 year ago

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Backing up mailbox

I can't back-up my mailbox. I have the same problem as in the question from markosv63 8/19/20, 10:01 PM (now archived) in that I have many emails in many folders. Th… (read more)

I can't back-up my mailbox.

  • I have the same problem as in the question from markosv63 8/19/20, 10:01 PM (now archived) in that I have many emails in many folders.
  • The procedure recommended to markosv63 doesn't work. That procedure is in https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/imap-synchronization#w_configuring-synchronization-and-disk-space-usage.
  • I don't think I use an imap account because my server type is POP Mail - Port 110 (default).
  • I followed exactly the recommended procedure but the result was a folder marked updates, containing a folder marked 8216C80C92C4E828.
  • 8216C80C92C4E828 contains a folder marked updates plus two files, one file called update-config.json and the other called updates. This updates folder contains an empty folder marked 0 plus two files, marked backup-update and last-update.
  • None of these files or folders contains any emails.

Asked by VetUser 4 months ago

Answered by Stans 4 months ago

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89.0b2 Revert new tab design

Today I updated my Firefox Developer Edition to version 89.0b2 and now I just can not look at this browser anymore, "Inspired new tab design" is taking too much space and… (read more)

Today I updated my Firefox Developer Edition to version 89.0b2 and now I just can not look at this browser anymore, "Inspired new tab design" is taking too much space and now became largest and at the same time least information-dense panel in my entire desktop! I searched around the web for a bit in hopes that I will find a theme or an add-on that will revert this particular change but no luck. I really want to revert to old UI look (at least tabs bar), there should be default theme or option to get back to old style. After some investigation I found userChrome.css but don't really want to install it (maybe this is actually the way of doing this kind of styling). Please help me revert UI design to old one.

Asked by PepeTheFrog21 9 months ago

Answered by TNorth 9 months ago

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Drag and drop onto bookmark icon no longer works

If I try to drag and drop a new bookmark onto the bookmark icon (the star with the line under it), it USED to open up Bookmarks and I could place the new bookmark where e… (read more)

If I try to drag and drop a new bookmark onto the bookmark icon (the star with the line under it), it USED to open up Bookmarks and I could place the new bookmark where ever. That no longer works.

I CAN drag/drop into a folder on the menu bar but not into bookmarks directly.

Firefox 69.0b14 (64-bit) Windows 10

Asked by POffutt 2 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 2 years ago