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Tips to add or remove account in Mozilla® Thunderbird 3

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What are the different ways to add or remove account in Mozilla Thunderbird 3? What are the common issues encountered while doing so and how can they be fixed?

One of the main features of Mozilla Thunderbird 3 when compared to its earlier version is the ease of setting up new email accounts. The setting up of new email accounts has become a semi-automated process in Mozilla Thunderbird 3. While creating an email account in Mozilla Thunderbird 3, the user needs to fill out only three parameters out of which none is related to mail server host names. Mozilla Thunderbird 3 will automatically discover the incoming and outgoing mail server including the ports and security settings. After identifying the settings, the user can decide whether to accept the settings, edit them right then or to choose for manual setup.

The following are the ways to add or remove an account in Mozilla Thunderbird 3, the commonly arising issues and the ways to fix them:

  • Add or Remove Account in Mozilla Thunderbird 3
  • Issues pertaining to Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Account
  • Ways to fix the issues

Add or remove account in Mozilla Thunderbird 3

The first step in setting up an email account in Mozilla Thunderbird 3 is opening the Mozilla Thunderbird from Programs in the Start menu. Then click on File menu followed by New and then Mail Account. This will start a wizard for processing the configuration of new mail account. The user will be asked to type the name, email address and password. The second step is the determining of email account settings by the Mozilla Thunderbird 3. It also provides an option for the user to set it manually. Now click on the Create Account button to complete the set up of email account in Mozilla Thunderbird 3. In order to delete the account, select Account Settings from the Tools and navigate the name of the account that has to be removed. Then click on Remove Account at the bottom and give the confirmation for deleting. The account will now be deleted.

Issues pertaining to Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Account

Mozilla Thunderbird 3 has been designed to work well with multiple email accounts and its implementation is very easy and the user can control the its behavior. One of the issues pertaining to Mozilla Thunderbird 3 accounts is that by default Mozilla Thunderbird 3 creates the new account as IMAP. So if the user has to create a POP account he/she may not be able to find any settings for its creation. Another issue is that when upgrading from Mozilla Thunderbird 2 to Mozilla Thunderbird 3 the user may not be able to login to their SMTP server.

Ways to fix the issues

To create a POP account in Mozilla Thunderbird 3, the user has to first disconnect the Internet connection and then try setting POP account. This time the Mozilla Thunderbird 3 does not assume the IMAP settings by default but provide the user with options to configure POP account. The method to fix the issue regarding login to the SMTP server is that for a user who had previously used a master password will be prompted to reenter the password during the first start up of Mozilla Thunderbird 3. To get access to the smtp server go to outgoing server by clicking to Account settings in the Tools menu and edit the smtp server. Uncheck the use ‘secure authentication’ and try again. This can fix the issue.

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