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What is Thunderbird

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a web browser. On December 7, 2004, version 1.0 was released, and received over 500,000 downloads in its first three days of release (and 1,000,000 in 10 days). As of 2008, Thunderbird has been downloaded more than 60 million times since 1.0 release.

Thunderbird at UA

Staff and Faculty using a university owned computer running Windows should not use Thunderbird.

As a means to protect the network an element of the antivirus program Mcafee is set to block outgoing mail messages from all but a few email clients. Outlook is one example of an email client with the proper exceptions.

Staff and Faculty users using their personally owned computers are still encouraged to use Outlook, but may not be restricted to only using Outlook on their Windows based computer.

Mac users are not affected by this restriction

Obtaining Thunderbird

Setting up your user account


  1. Click on Tools, then Account Settings
  2. On the Left near the bottom click on Add Account
  3. Select Email accounts
  4. Select IMAP
  5. Incomming server will be
  6. Outgoing server will be (Will only work on campus or while on the VPN. You can alternatively use your ISP's SMTP server)
  7. Incomming and Outgoing username will be your UAnetID.
  8. Account Name is whatever you would like to call the account. Thunderbird will display this name for your UA email. Ex. UA Email or

Local Folders

You can save emails on your computer, thus freeing up space on the email server. By moving emails into local folders keep in mind, they will only be available on that pc... If you move to another computer, or use webmail, those emails will no longer be available.

  1. First right click where it says Local Folders.
  2. Click on New Folder.
  3. Call the new folder anything you would like, in this case we called the folder Saved Emails.
  4. Click on the + sign next to Local folders. You will see your newly created folder.
  5. Next, you can go to your inbox or your deleted items folder and choose which messages you would like to move to the Saved Emails folder.

Simply right click on the messages, select Move To, Local Folders, and then your desired folder, in this case, Saved Emails. Note that if you choose copy to, it will leave the messages on the mail server, and will not delete your quota usage.