Installing and Configuring Thunderbird

Installing Thunderbird

  1. Go to http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/ to download Thunderbird. Click on the download link for Windows. You will see a dialogue box that prompts you to open or save to disk. Choose 'Save to Disk.'

    Dialogue box showing save to disk option selected.
  2. You will see the Mozilla Thunderbird Setup screen indicating you are beginning the install.

    Initial dialogue box indicating the install is beginning.
  3. You will then be prompted to read the license agreement. Read and accept to continue the install.

    Next you will then be prompted to choose a setup type. Choose 'Standard.'

    Setup Type dialogue box showing setup options.
  4. When prompted to select components, click next.

    Select Components dialogue box.
  5. You will then see the Install Complete dialogue box. You may choose to launch Thunderbird immediately (selected by default). Click finish to complete the install.

    Install Complete dialogue box.
  6. Following this you will see the Import Wizard screen asking you what you would like to import. Make your selection and click next.

    Import Wizard dialogue box.
  7. You will then see the Import Wizard screen confirming the import. Click finish.

    Import Wizard dialogue box confirming the import was completed successfully.

    The install is now complete. To setup Thunderbird, follow these steps.

Configuring Thunderbird

  1. Start Thunderbird by double clicking the icon on your desktop or launch it from Start => Programs. You should see the Account Wizard dialogue box for New Account Setup. Make sure Email Account is selected and click next.

    Account Wizard dialogue box for New Account Setup.
  2. You will then be prompted to enter your name and email address. Do so and click next.

    Account Wizard dialogue box for Identity showing name and email fields filled in.
  3. Following this you will be prompted to enter server information. Select 'IMAP' for the type of incoming server. Enter 'mail.lib.ucdavis.edu' in the Incoming Server field. Enter 'smtp.lib.ucdavis.edu' in the Outgoing Server field then click next.

    Account Wizard dialogue box for Server Information show the IMAP server selected and incoming and outgoing server fields filled in.
  4. Next enter your incoming and user name and click next.

    Account Wizard dialogue box for User Names showing the incoming and outgoing user name fields filled in.
  5. In the next dialogue box enter your account name.

    Account Wizard dialogue box for Account Name showing the account name filled in.
  6. Next you will need to define the server settings. To do this, go to Tools => Account Settings. This will bring up the Account Settings dialogue box. In the server name field, enter mail.lib.ucdavis.edu. Leave the Port field as it is and enter your user name in the User Name field. Under Server Settings make sure 'Use secure connection (SSL)' is checked and that 'Use secure authentication' is NOT checked.

    Account dialogue box for Account Settings showing the server name, port, user name, and server settings defined.
  7. Before clicking OK, you will need to setup Composition and Addressing. To do this, select 'Composition & Addressing' from the options displayed in the left-hand panel. In the Composition & Addressing dialogue box, uncheck the 'Compose messages in HTML format' option.

    Account dialogue box for composition and addressing showing the compose messages in HTML option unchecked.
  8. Before clicking on OK you need to define the outgoing server settings. To do this, choose 'Outgoing Server' from the options in the left-hand panel. This will bring up the following screen. Fill in the fields as shown below, replacing the user name with your user name and make sure the 'TLS' option is checked. Click OK.

    Account dialogue box for outgoing server showing the server name, port, and user name fields filled in and the TLS option checked.
  9. Next you will need to subscribe to all the folders you wish to include from your libpo account. To do this, highlight your name at the top of left-hand panel. This will bring up options to manage your email, accounts, and advanced features. Under 'Advanced Features,' choose 'Manage Folder Subscriptions.' This will bring up the following screen. Click on okay when you see the message below regarding 'Website certified by unknown authority' and continue on. To prevent this message from displaying in the future, follow the 'CA Cert Installation instructions'.

    The website certified by unknown authority dialogue box.
  10. You will then be prompted to enter your password.

    Following login, you will see a dialogue box with all the folders in your libpo account. You will need to expand all directories and select all folders. Click 'Subscribe' then OK.

    Dialogue box showing a list of folders in jsmith's libpo account.
  11. Upon clicking OK, the left-hand panel should now be populated with the folders to which you subscribed.

    Screen showing left-hand panel populated with folders subscribed to.

    Congratulations! The installation and configuration is complete.