using thunderbird to send and receive gmail

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If you have Thunderbird as an email client, GMAIL is exceptional because you can set up an account in Thunderbird to receive the emails from GMAIL without having to sign directly into GMAIL via the internet.

Here's how.

In Thunderbird

1) Go to TOOLS >> Account Settings >> Add Account

2) Select Gmail >> Next

3) Type in whatever name you want others to see on your outgoing mail (ie healthybratt) and then enter the name of the GMAIL account you just set up (ie healthybratt @ gmail.com) and click Next.

4) Verify information and click on FINISH.

Now when you refresh your mail it will ask for your password. Make sure you use the password you used when you set up your GMAIL account, NOT the password that your network provider gave you with your primary account. You can enter this each time you open Thunderbird, or you can check the box that will remember the password.

You can also send mail from this account through Thunderbird.

1) Go to TOOLS >> Account Settings

2) To do this, find Outgoing Server(SMTP) in the left column of the account box. Click on it.

3) Click on ADD.

4) Type in Description healthybratt @ gmail.com (no spaces)
Server Name smtp.gmail.com
Port 587
X Use Name and Password
User Name healthybratt @ gmail.com (no spaces)
X TLS if available

5) Click OK
6) Click OK

Now when you want to send an email FROM this account, start your email in the usual way (reply, write or forward). Then look at the top and you should see a drop down box next to the word FROM: You can select your primary account or your GMAIL account here. Thunderbird will then send it through the GMAIL server as if you had signed into the internet and done it directly through GMAIL.

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