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Setting up Thunderbird

One way to download your mail stored on the server to your computer is to use Thunderbird for Windows. This is a free email program, and is very simple to setup.

To get started, download the Thunderbird software from this link. Simply click the Free Download button at the link below. When the download completes, run the program to install Thunderbird on your computer, then follow the steps below. We've included screenshots with highlighted areas to walk you through the process.

1. When you run Thunderbird for the first time, it will ask if you want to create a new email address. You can follow through this wizard to set up a new email address from one of their suggested providers (these are not free services). Simply click the button labeled "Skip this and use my existing email." You'll see the following screen:

2. Enter your name (as you'd like it to appear in mail you send), your email address, and your password. Click the button labeled "Configure Manually" (hightlighted in green).

3. On the manual configuration window, copy the settings you see highlighted in yellow in the screenshot above, then press the Re-test button.

4. Thunderbird should automatically detect the authentication methods (highlighted in yellow) and display a message with a green check mark. Click the Done button to save your settings.

Once your account has been added, it will download all messages in your mailbox, saving them to the Inbox folder under your email address in the list. To check mail later, simply click the "Get Messages" button at the top of the window. Logo

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