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 +======How to setup Thunderbird’s Mail Accounts and Options======
 +  by Peter Tesar
  
 +This article is based on Thunderbird version 8.
 +To send and receive mail, there must be an internet connection.
 +
 +======Mail Account setup======
 +  When starting Thunderbird,​ for the first time, the mail account setup wizard will guide you through the process. ​
 +
 +  Fill in the required information.
 +  Setup will then attempt to retrieve the incoming and outgoing server names and port numbers from the Mozilla database. If these are not correct, they can be changed manually.
 +
 +======Manually changing E-mail Accounts======
 +  To open a new account, go to:
 +  FILE | New | Mail Account
 + 
 +To change an existing account, go to:\\
 + EDIT | Account Settings
 +
 +To change the incoming address\\
 + arrow down to ‘Server Settings’\\
 + tab to the ‘Server Name:’ edit field. Type either\\
 + ​pop.domain or imap.domain\\
 + The corresponding port number must match.
 +
 +To change the outgoing mail:\\
 + arrow down to ‘Outgoing Server (SMTP)’\\
 + tab to the default list and select the Edit button.
 +
 +The outgoing server name might be:\\
 + ​smtp.domain or mail.domain\\
 + The corresponding port number must be correct.
 + 
 +Note: your ISP technical support can provide the correct server names and port numbers. You may also need to get the correct authentication and security values.
 +
 +======Customizing Thunderbird Options======
 +  To optimize Thunderbird,​ you may want to change some of the default options. ​
 +  A few important ones are listed below.
 +
 +Personally, I prefer to have the message pane and startup welcome message turned off. I also have each message opened in an existing message window and having it closed when deleting or moving from it.
 +
 +Initially, I had autosave turned on (for every 3 minutes). I soon noticed that when writing a new message, the focus changed every 3 minutes. Turning this feature off fixed the problem.
 +
 +
 +The message pane can be turned off (on the fly) with F8 or by unchecking the Message Pane in: VIEW | Layout menu.
 +
 +F6 will cycle between the folder and the message lists.
 +
 +In Thunderbird'​s Preferences (Orca+ctrl+space-bar),​\\
 +in the Thunderbird page,\\
 +consider checking:\\
 + ​Automatically start speaking a page when it is first loaded.
 +
 +Some options to consider changing are in the Edit
 +menu. On entering Preferences and Account Settings, you will be placed on a list of primary tabs. The first, General, has only one tab page while Advanced has multiple secondary tabs.
 +These secondary tabs are listed on the line below the primary list. 
 +
 +After highlighting a primary tab, tab once and if you hear the word ‘page’, you are on this secondary list. Arrow right through these secondary tabs.
 +
 +Tab through the objects on the page to check or uncheck boxes, highlight choices or select buttons. Continue to tab to return to the primary list.
 +
 +Returning later, to the EDIT | Preferences,​ will place focus on the last visited primary tab.
 +
 +
 +Here are some options of interest.
 +
 +In EDIT | Preferences | General\\
 + show the start page in the message area\\
 + Play a Sound\\
 + the option to use another sound file
 + 
 +In EDIT | Preferences | Display | Formatting\\
 + font, size and colour
 + 
 +In EDIT | Preferences | Composition | General\\
 + ​Autosave every ...\\
 + ​Confirm when using keyboard shortcut to send message\\
 + Check for missing attachments\\
 + ​Provide keywords that suggest that there should be an attachment\\
 + Font, size and Colour
 + 
 +In EDIT | Preferences | Composition | Addressing\\
 + ​Automatically add outgoing Email addresses to …\\
 + ​Highlight an address book: Personal, imported, Collected
 + 
 +In EDIT | Preferences | Composition | Spelling\\
 + Check spelling before sending\\
 + ​Enable spell check as you type
 + 
 +In EDIT | Preferences | Advanced | Reading&​Display\\
 + Open messages in an existing message window\\
 + Close message window/tab on move or delete
 + 
 +In EDIT | Account Settings | Composition&​Addressing\\
 + ​Compose messages in HTML format\\
 + ​Automatically quote the original when replying\\
 + Start my reply above the quote\\
 + and place my signature below the quote\\
 + ​Include signature for replies
 +  !!End of Article.