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Mozilla Thunderbird Configuration (First Time Setup)

Instructions for Thunderbird first time set up on Windows

First Time Setup for Mozilla Thunderbird

1. Open Thunderbird. The icon should be found on your Desktop or in All Programs > Mozilla Thunderbird

Thunderbird Icon

2. At startup, uncheck "Always perform this check when starting Thunderbird" and click Skip Integration.

Skip Integration

3. At the "Would you like a new email address?" screen, click Skip this and use my existing email.

Existing Email

4. At the Mail Account Setup screen, enter the following:

  • Enter your Name in the Your name field
  • Enter your Rice email address ( or in the Email address field
  • Enter your Netid password in the Password field
  • Leave Remember Password checked

Click Continue

Add Mail Account


5. Ignore the "Thunderbird failed to find settings..." message. Enter the following server information:

  • Click the drop-down menu and select IMAP
  • Enter for the Incoming Hostname server
  • Enter for the Outgoing Hostname server
  • Under SSL, select SSL/TLS both Incoming and Outgoing. The port will automatically change to 993 (Incoming) and 465 (Outgoing)
  • Under Authentication, select Normal Password for both Incoming and Outgoing
  • Make sure your Netid is entered for the Username field in Incoming and Outgoing

Click Done

IMAP Mail Setup

KeywordsThunderbird, Mozilla, Windows, Mail Client   Doc ID71031
OwnerCynthia S.GroupRice U
Created2017-02-24 12:39:19Updated2024-04-22 13:58:58
SitesRice University
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