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• Last Updated: 01/21/2020
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How to edit and delete Emails in Mozilla Thunderbird

Introduction

There might be a time, under specific circumstances, when you will need to review or edit your Email Account settings set up in the Thunderbird email application. Suppose something is not working correctly, and you need to troubleshoot or decide to change your email or hosting provider. In such a case, you will most definitely need to re-configure your email account setup. Therefore, we decided to dedicate this guide to show you how to edit your settings, and we do believe you will find the information genuinely useful.

 

Getting Started

Whenever you are ready, please open the Mozilla Thunderbird client on your local computer. Afterward, from the list of accounts displayed in the left panel, select the email account you would like to edit and click on the "View settings for this account" button located in the middle section.

 

View settings for this account button

 

Once you do this, you will see the "Account Settings" dialog where you can find all the settings concerning this email account setup, including synchronization and storage settings, junk settings, security settings, and so on. As you have probably guessed, our focus in this guide will be on the server configuration settings.

 

Editing Incoming Server Settings

Now that you have the "Account Settings" window open, please make sure to switch to the "Server Settings" tab displayed below the email account you desire to edit. Under it, you will find the Incoming Server Settings.

 

Editing Incoming server settings

 

We will review only the first two sections containing the settings related to the Email Account configuration.

First section:

  • Server Type - Indicates the email account type. In our example, it is an IMAP account, however, if you choose POP3, you should edit the settings analogically.
  • Server Name - Represents the hostname of the incoming mail server.
  • User Name - This field will contain the Email Account username used for server-side authentication. Typically, this is either the full email address or just the email address prefix. HostArmada customers, should you the email account's name.
  • Port - Inciates the port used to connect to the server.

Second section:

  • Connection Security - Indicates the encryption method used for server connection. Please, make sure to select it accordingly based on the selected account type. For IMAP non-SSL port 143, select "None", for port 993, select "SSL/TLS". For POP3 non-SSL port 110, select "None", for port 995, select "SSL/TLS".
  • Authentication method - Determines the method used to authenticate your email account on the server. Please make sure to set it to "Normal password".

Once you perform the intended changes, please make sure to click on the "OK" button to record them successfully.

 

Editing the Thunderbird email account Outgoing Server Settings

When you see the "Account Settings" dialog, please click on the "Outgoing Server (SMTP)" option displayed at the bottom of the left section.

When you access the "Outgoing Server (SMTP) Settings" tab, make sure to select the Email Account in question and hit the "Edit" button.

 

Selecting the Email Account to edit

 

Once you do this, a new "SMTP Server" dialog will pop up.

 

Editing the SMTP server settings

 

You will notice that the email application divided the popup box into two sections containing your outgoing server settings.

Settings:

  • Description - The description is only for your reference, and it is optional. Feel free to leave it blank.
  • Server Name - Represents the hostname of the outgoing mail server.
  • Port - Inciates the port used to connect to the server.

Security and Authentication:

  • Connection security - Indicates the encryption method used for server connection. Please, make sure to select it according to the chosen email account type. For non-SSL port 25, set it to "None", for port 465, set it to "SSL/TLS" and for port 587, set it to "STARTTLS".
  • Authentication method - Determines the method used to authenticate your email account on the server when you are sending emails via Thunderbird. Please make sure to set it to "Normal password".
  • User Name - Please enter the Email Account username used for server-side authentication. Typically, this is either the full email address or just the email address prefix. For customers hosting their email with HostArmada, the correct setting is the entire email account name.

Please do not forget to click the "OK" button to save them successfully when you completed the changes.

 

Deleting a Mozilla Thunderbird Email Account

If you no longer need a given Email Account, you can remove it with a simple mouse click. You can do that through the "Account Settings" dialog. While you have it open in front of you, you can select the email address in question from the left bar, click on the "Account Actions" button and select the "Remove Account" option from the dropdown.

 

Selecting the Remove Account option

 

Afterward, you will see a new "Remove Account and Data" popup window to confirm if you wish to delete only the account information or all the messages associated with it as well. Please make sure to tick the checkbox if needed and click on the "Remove" button to confirm the account deletion.

 

Confirming the account removal

 

Well done! You have now learned how to modify your existing Email Accounts through the Thunderbird Email Client and remove unneeded accounts. We sincerely hope you have found the information in this guide useful and our instructions easy to follow. If you have any further questions, you can always address them to our Support Team.

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