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Key Settings: Key Settings Cookies

Incoming Mail Server = Follows this format: mail.ispname.com (or .net) with your ISP's name substituted for "ispname.com (or .net)".

Outgoing Mail Server = Follows this format: mail.ispname.com (or .net) with your ISP's name substituted for "ispname.com (or .net)".

SMTP Authentication (e-mail username) is required to send e-mail.

 

  Creating new e-mail accounts:

To create a new e-mail account, do the following:

On the Toolbar, click Tools and select Account Settings from the menu.

 

The Account Settings window opens.

This is where you would go to edit an account as well as create one.

Click the Add Account button.

 

Select the option Email account.

Click the Next button to continue.

 

Your Name  =  Enter your name or a nickname.
Email Address  =  Enter the e-mail address of the account.

Click the Next button to continue.

 

Select the option POP.

Incoming server Incoming Server The Incoming (POP3) mail server usually follows this format:  mail.ispname.com (or .net).  Replace the "ispname.com (or .net)" with your ISP's name.

Note:  If this is your first time creating an e-mail account in Thunderbird, you'll see the Outgoing Server as well.  This should be the same as your incoming mail server.  Since it's not here, we'll configure it at the end of this wizard.

Click the Next button to continue.

 

Incoming User Name  =  Enter your e-mail username (everything before the @).
Outgoing User Name  =  Enter your e-mail username (everything before the @).

Click the Next button to continue.

 

Account Name  =  Enter a name for the account.  It can be anything you wish.  Make is distinctive to help distinguish it from any other accounts you may create.  In this example, I named the account 'Work'.

Click the Next button to continue.

 

Review the information you entered.

Click the Finish button to complete the wizard.

 

Enabling SMTP Authentication:

We return to the Preferences window.

SMTP authentication is required to send e-mail and without this enabled, you cannot send e-mail.  SMTP authentication helps deter would-be spammers from spamming you.  SMTP authentication is as simple as entering a username and a password.  Do the following:

Highlight Outgoing Server (SMTP).

To the right, you'll see three fields:  Server Name, Port, and User Name.

Server Name = Outgoing Server The Outgoing (SMTP) mail server usually follows this format: mail.ispname.com (or .net).  Replace the "ispname.com (or .net)" with your ISP's name.
Port  =  The default port number is perfect:  25.

Check the box Use name and password.

User Name  =  Enter your e-mail username (everything before the @).

Thunderbird ask for you password the first time you send e-mail.  You can then choose to save the password.

Click the OK button to save the settings.

 

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