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Taking Steps for the Future

Setting Up Thunderbird 2.0 with LakerApps Gmail

These instructions were adapted from Google's documentation for Thunderbird 2.0. If you are running a different version of Thunderbird, please consult the list of setup directions provided by Google. The relevant server addresses needed for setup are in steps 7 & 9 below.

To set up your Thunderbird client to work with LakerApps Gmail:
  1. Enable IMAP in Gmail first. Make sure you click Save Changes when you're done.

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  2. Open Thunderbird, and select Tools > Account Settings.
  3. Click Add Account. Select the Email Account radio button and click Next.
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  4. The Identity screen appears. Fill the sections in as follows:
    • Enter your full name in the Your Name field.
    • Enter your full SUNY Oswego email address in the Email Address field, and click Next.

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  5. The Server Information screen appears. Fill in the sections as follows:
    • Select IMAP as the type of incoming server you are using.
    • Enter imap.gmail.com in the Incoming Server field. Click Next.
    • Set the Outgoing Server to smtp.gmail.com and click Next.
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  6. The User Names screen appears. Fill in the sections as follows:
    • Enter your full SUNY Oswego email address in the Incoming User Name and Outgoing User Name fields, and click Next
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  7. Enter a name for your email account in the Account Name field, and click Next.
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  8. Verify your account information in the dialog box, and click Finish.
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  9. Click on Server Settings in the settings list for your new account. Adjust as follows:
    • Update the Port value to 993.
    • In the Security Settings section, select SSL from the Use secure connection options.
    • Select the 'Check for messages at startup' checkbox and the 'Check for new messages every 10 minutes' checkbox.
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  10. Click Outgoing Server (SMTP) in the folder list. Select the smtp.gmail.com (Default) entry from the list and click Edit. The SMTP Server page appears.

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  11. Make the following changes to the settings:
    • Enter 'smtp.gmail.com' as the Server Name and set the Port to 587.
    • Select User name and password and enter your full SUNY Oswego email address in the User Name field.
    • Select TLS from the Use secure connection radio buttons and click OK.

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  12. Click OK to save your changes and exit the Account Settings dialog.

Check Google's recommended client settings, and adjust your client's settings as needed.