As soon as you’ve set up an email account, you’re ready to start sending and receiving messages in Thunderbird. Here’s how to do it.
By default, Thunderbird checks for new messages every time you open the application. It will also automatically check again every 10 minutes, while the application is running. This behavior for both actions can be customized (see below.)
To check for messages at any other time, click the Get MessagesGet Mail button in the toolbar.
Get Thunderbird flying the way you want it! Many settings can easily be customized.
Set how often you want Thunderbird to automatically check for messages:
When you’re writing a new message, your work is auto-saved every five minutes, but you can make it more often, or less:
Choose your own sound alert for new messages:
Thunderbird displays unread messages in bold type, marking a message read and in normal type as soon as you click on the message. If you don't like this behavior, you can change the time interval before Thunderbird marks messages as read:
When Thunderbird downloads messages, it uses the configuration on the Server Settings page of each email account. Each email address corresponds to one incoming mail server (either POP or IMAP). To change your accounts server settings:
Thunderbird sends messages to the SMTP server that is assigned to the selected email account:
Next, the Outgoing SMTP server is assigned to each account:
Each email account is listed in the "All Folders" panel on the left side of the Thunderbird interface:
By default, Thunderbird will check your mail server(s) for new messages on application startup and then automatically as described earlier in this article. In addition to that, you can check for new messages manually at any time using several methods described below.
To get new messages for the currently selected account:
To get new messages for all accounts:
To compose a new message:
If an email (or newsgroup) account is highlighted in the All Folders panel, the message's From address will default to the selected account. If no account is specified, the From address will default to the first account configured in the Account Settings. Click the From drop-down list to select a different account.
Specify one message recipient per line. Click the arrow in the field to the left of the recipient name to specify the type of recipient (for example, "To", "CC", etc).
To insert addresses from your address book, enter some of the characters from the person's name in the To field. A drop-down list will show all address book entries where the first or last name starts with the character(s) you entered, or entries where the string you entered exists. For example, if you enter "se", anyone in the address book with the last name of "Serrano", or "Casey" or the first name of "Sean", or "Jesse" would be displayed in the drop-down list.
You can also drag and drop addresses from your address book to a new message. Simply open the address book, select the desired entry and drag it to the recipient area of the new message.
To reply to a message: