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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 10 months ago

Answered by guidrydesktop 10 months ago

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Is there a way to increase the font size in the message list pane and folder list with MacOS?

The Folder pane and message list are showing up as about 6 point on my 27 inch Apple screen and very hard to read. I know there is a font adjuster add-on for Firefox Ma… (read more)

The Folder pane and message list are showing up as about 6 point on my 27 inch Apple screen and very hard to read. I know there is a font adjuster add-on for Firefox Mac users, but is there the same for Thunderbird? (Before I go blind!)

Asked by skyreburn 3 years ago

Answered by Zenos 3 years ago

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Tbird says its up-to-date but keeps asking me to update?

I use Windows 10 Pro and Tbird ver. 68.1.0 (64-bit). Help> About Tbird says I'm up to date yet every morning I get a small window that asks me if I would like to up… (read more)

I use Windows 10 Pro and Tbird ver. 68.1.0 (64-bit). Help> About Tbird says I'm up to date yet every morning I get a small window that asks me if I would like to update Tbird. Why is this if I'm up-to-date? Second, I tried the update and the update opened as a new install w/o incorporating anything such as my existing sent messages, trash, contacts and most importantly my local folders. How best to handle this if in fact it really is a update?

Thanks.

Asked by TheBaron 1 year ago

Answered by christ1 1 year ago

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Using Apple email IMAP server. Error: Invalid UID fetch attribute XSENDER

Thunderbird has stopped fetching new messages, giving this message. The current operation on 'Inbox' did not succeed. The mail server for account ... responded Invalid UI… (read more)

Thunderbird has stopped fetching new messages, giving this message.

The current operation on 'Inbox' did not succeed. The mail server for account ... responded Invalid UID fetch attribute XSENDER

I'm running release 52.2.1 on Windows 7.

Only the most recent messages give this error. Previously fetched messages display properly.

There has been no change to the account settings. Whatever happened seems to have happened at between 9 PM yesterday and 4 AM today. Subsequent messages are listed, but don't open, giving this message.

Asked by Dickr 3 years ago

Answered by Dickr 3 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 1 year ago

Answered by sluchuck 1 year 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 11 months ago

Answered by sfhowes 11 months ago

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I closed two toolbars where I compose letters and can't get them back, so I can't send the letter out.

The toolbars I closed are: - The menu bar, which includes the following buttons: file, edit, view, insert, format, option,s tools, help. - The composition bar which inclu… (read more)

The toolbars I closed are:

- The menu bar, which includes the following buttons: file, edit, view, insert, format, option,s tools, help.

- The composition bar which includes the following buttons: send, spelling, attach, print, etc.

The toolbar where I choose font, size of font, italics, underlining, etc. remains and works.

Since I have no "send" button, there is no way to mail email from my desktop.

Thanks for any help or counsel.

Jim User name: MartinInKy

Asked by martininky 4 years ago

Answered by Matt 4 years ago

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Thunderbird crashing after W10 April update

Hello everyone. I have been getting recurring and seemingly random crashes since I update Windows 10 to the latest version, 1803. I have tried running Thunderbird in reco… (read more)

Hello everyone. I have been getting recurring and seemingly random crashes since I update Windows 10 to the latest version, 1803.

I have tried running Thunderbird in recovery mode and it doesn't crash. Trouble is, I disabled every single plugin and extension and still I get the crashes if I run in normal mode.

So there must be some difference between normal and recovery mode which starts the crashes, but I have no idea what it may be.

The installed version is the latest version. I tried with an older version, 44-something, and still there are crashes.

Asked by Cooperdoop 3 years ago

Answered by Cooperdoop 3 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 7 months ago

Answered by Wayne Mery 5 months ago

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38.2 hangs frequently using Windows 10. SOLVED in version 38.3.0 (likely bug 1196662)

38.2 frequently (daily) hangs. The only button that works is the X to close the app. I have to restart it each time it hangs. I've restarted in safe mode and disabled al… (read more)

38.2 frequently (daily) hangs. The only button that works is the X to close the app. I have to restart it each time it hangs. I've restarted in safe mode and disabled all add ons. Still hangs

Asked by jfiegel 5 years ago

Answered by christ1 5 years 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 6 months ago

Answered by Matt 5 months ago

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All Thunderbird versions in 45 series repeatedly crash under Windows 10 especially on the delete function (comast account)

After recently upgrading to Windows 10, Thunderbird frequently crashes especially upon deletions but also on other functions like move to other folders. I've had the sam… (read more)

After recently upgrading to Windows 10, Thunderbird frequently crashes especially upon deletions but also on other functions like move to other folders. I've had the same crashing problem with all of the Thunderbird versions in the 45 series. While I hope Mozilla will be able to release an update that will fix this crashing problem. In the meantime, I hope you can recommend an earlier Thunderbird version that I can download and install that will not keep crashing under Windows 10.

Asked by Mort Ganeles 5 years ago

Answered by Wayne Mery 4 years 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 1 year ago

Answered by Toad-Hall 1 year 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 9 months ago

Last reply by Wayne Mery 7 months 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 6 months ago

Answered by christ1 6 months ago

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Thunderbird will not open! SOLVED had to clear cache, and other files. And disable addons

Using windows 10. Thunderbird and Firefox both operating fine. Allowed a Windows update and neither would open. Both gave a message to close since another instance was cu… (read more)

Using windows 10. Thunderbird and Firefox both operating fine. Allowed a Windows update and neither would open. Both gave a message to close since another instance was currently running. Clearing error message made no difference nor would restart of OS. Restoring system to point when they did open made no difference. Corrected problem with Firefox by changing profile. Thunderbird still showing error message. Windows auto update happened and then Thunderbird no longer showed any sign of opening although Firefox continued to work fine. Installing Thunderbird Beta update made no difference. Uninstalled Thunderbird and reinstalled with no progress. Cleaned registry and ran anti malware utility without any positive results. Have tried Thunderbird P and other suggestions. Nothing helps!

Asked by techie43 4 years ago

Answered by Toad-Hall 4 years ago

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Using Thunderbird 68.2 I get repeated login requests to use Google accounts

Occasionally with Thunderbird updates I'll need to reenter my Google account credentials to allow Thunderbird to access my Google email and calendar accounts (usually I n… (read more)

Occasionally with Thunderbird updates I'll need to reenter my Google account credentials to allow Thunderbird to access my Google email and calendar accounts (usually I need to do this for email and calendar separately). With the latest version (68.2) I had to remove the old Lightning and Provider for Google Calendar extensions and reinstalled them. Now each time I start Thunderbird I repeatedly get prompted to enter my Google credentials. I logged into my Google account and removed the previous permissions for Thunderbird and Provider for Google Calendar to access the account, but it does not appear to be reestablishing the authorization.

Asked by m23p46 1 year ago

Answered by sfhowes 1 year ago