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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 2 years ago

Answered by guidrydesktop 2 years 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 2 years ago

Answered by sluchuck 2 years 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 2 years ago

Answered by sfhowes 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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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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Setting up an existing TB account

When I selected the TB icon a window came up saying I must set up my existing email account. I fill in my name, my eddress and password. The next window that comes up sh… (read more)

When I selected the TB icon a window came up saying I must set up my existing email account. I fill in my name, my eddress and password. The next window that comes up shows TB found mobile.charter.net but my email was set up using email.twc.com. The port numbers are the same but the server names are different. When I complete this activity the end result is that my information if rejected. I attempted to configure it by hand but it too was rejected. I am using an HP desktop with the latest Win 10 OS. I don't know what to do.

Asked by Dan Jones 7 months ago

Answered by sfhowes 7 months 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 11 months ago

Answered by Stans 11 months ago

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Having great difficulty importing my contacts from Windows Live Mail

I'm trying to import contacts from Windows Live Mail. When I use the .csv method it imports everything but only shows a human silhouette on each line with NO text. When… (read more)

I'm trying to import contacts from Windows Live Mail. When I use the .csv method it imports everything but only shows a human silhouette on each line with NO text. When I try the .vcf method, WLM won't let me export to anything but a folder, and the import process doesn't recognize the folder as a whole and will only import one address at a time if I open the folder. How do I do this???

Asked by bradfordccr 1 year ago

Answered by sfhowes 1 year ago

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Thunderbird addressing

Since the latest update I cannot send emails to multiple addresses. Previously I coud enter one address hit rtn and a second address box would appear. What Know

Asked by gstooker 2 years ago

Answered by Stans 2 years ago

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In Thunderbird cannot open master password settings

I installed Thunderbird in Tiny Core Linux v.10 Everything worked fine, I added two e-mail accounts which both worked well and added the passwords in the master password … (read more)

I installed Thunderbird in Tiny Core Linux v.10 Everything worked fine, I added two e-mail accounts which both worked well and added the passwords in the master password configuration. Next time I opened Thunderbird to check my mail, the application asked for the master password. This failed. I tried to open and check the passwords, but fail to open the master password folder. I am very sure the password is correct. PLEASE NOTE: Tiny Core Linux loads in RAM, as do the applications being opened. It may be possible, when closing the system, the original password was not back-up'ed automatically. How can I delete the master password entry, so I can enter the respective P/W's for the respective accounts, and without having to re-install the application?

Asked by j_gaijin 1 year ago

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Email backgrounds and text colors have inverted

My Thunderbird updated today, and suddenly all of my emails are showing white text on black backgrounds, except for those incoming emails that have their own color scheme… (read more)

My Thunderbird updated today, and suddenly all of my emails are showing white text on black backgrounds, except for those incoming emails that have their own color schemes. In those cases, the text appears pretty dark against the black background. Changing themes doesn't seem to make a difference. Was there something in the update that made this happen? How do I fix it?

Asked by vahost 2 years ago

Answered by sfhowes 2 years ago

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After updating Mozilla Thunderbird to version 78

After updating Mozilla Thunderbird to version 78, the connection to the mail server was lost, IMAP error the selected authentication method is not suitable, how and what … (read more)

After updating Mozilla Thunderbird to version 78, the connection to the mail server was lost, IMAP error the selected authentication method is not suitable, how and what exactly should be fixed on the server if everything works on the previous version

Asked by mashonskiy 1 year ago

Answered by svlad2009 1 year ago

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Pulling my hair out trying to increase font size in folder list and main panel list!

I am going around in circles here. I have searched and all the options I have found appear to be out of date or don't work. All I want to do is increase the size of the f… (read more)

I am going around in circles here. I have searched and all the options I have found appear to be out of date or don't work. All I want to do is increase the size of the fonts I see in the left hand folders list and the folders message lists in the main panel. It's far too small for me and everything I have tried makes no difference. Please guide me.

Asked by rafikiphoto 8 months ago

Answered by sfhowes 8 months ago

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A chaque connexion je suis obligé de saisir les mots de passe de mes différentes adresses alors que j'ai bien coché la case "utiliser le gestionnaire"

Bonjour, A chaque connexion de Thunderbird, je suis obligé de ressaisir les mots de passe de mes différentes adresses + mot de passe principal alors que j'ai bien coché l… (read more)

Bonjour,

A chaque connexion de Thunderbird, je suis obligé de ressaisir les mots de passe de mes différentes adresses + mot de passe principal alors que j'ai bien coché la case "utiliser le gestionnaire de mot de passe" ...

J'ai tenté une désinstallation de Thunderbird et réinstallation mais cela n'a rien fait.

Je suis sous windows 10.

Merci de votre aide.

Asked by merlette 2 years ago

Answered by sfhowes 2 years ago

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MASSIVE INTERFACE LAG/HANG/FREEZE

I have NO idea what is going on: Just clicking on folders = MASSIVE LAG/HANG/FREEZE. Just clicking a menu icon = MASSIVE LAG/HANG/FREEZE. Just clicking one email ico… (read more)

I have NO idea what is going on:

  • Just clicking on folders = MASSIVE LAG/HANG/FREEZE.
  • Just clicking a menu icon = MASSIVE LAG/HANG/FREEZE.
  • Just clicking one email icon = MASSIVE LAG/HANG/FREEZE.
  • Just trying to open an email = MASSIVE LAG/HANG/FREEZE.
  • Trying to do ANYTHING = MASSIVE LAG/HANG/FREEZE.

It does not start to happen immediately when program starts, sometimes 1 minute after, sometimes more. I cant point out a reason or action that leads to this behavior. If I restart the program, the problem persists. If I reboot the system, its gone.

Its the only program in my system having this behavior. Examples of what I work daily with: MS Office programs, Adobe programs, Oracle VM, Visual Studio, Blender and Unity.

I read diagonally something about Windows Defender, how to proceed with that? How to disable ONLY for Thunderbird? It's an interface problem, why should that work? Is this something else, memory leak, anything?

I love Thunderbird, using it for YEARS! I don't want to change, please help, I got loads of work to deliver! :(

EDIT: Found the edit Question on the right side of the screen (not bellow the post as expected), rearranged the text, and rewrote details so not to be confused with "internet lag".

Asked by Marco Antonio 2 years ago

Answered by Marco Antonio 2 years ago

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Cannot receive email after update

After the most recent update, 78.4.0, I cannot receive emails. I can send emails. Also the folder icons changed from yellow to white. Erols.com (RCN) is my email host… (read more)

After the most recent update, 78.4.0, I cannot receive emails. I can send emails. Also the folder icons changed from yellow to white. Erols.com (RCN) is my email host. I can still receive emails on my phone and through mail2web.com. I have tried turning off firewalls, both Webroot and the native one in Windows 10. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling both latest version and an earlier version. I checked to make sure the proper password was still saved. When I hit the Get Messages button, there is a "Connected to pop.rcn.com..." in the bottom pane where the "unread" and "total" are listed. It just vanishes after a bit. Anybody got a cure?

Asked by ccolw 1 year ago

Answered by Toad-Hall 1 year ago