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Old 10-02-2004, 05:23 PM   #1
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Thunderbird Confusion / Multiple Accounts

I have been brave as of late, installed and successfully using Mozilla-Firebird, so thought I would take the next step, and try Mozilla-Thunderbird. Successfully installed Thunderbird, but having considerable issue with the establishment of multiple accounts. It seems Thunderbird defaults to using the same outgoing account settings for all accounts, which really is not "meeting the need of the masses", if you know what I mean. (I have downloaded and installed Thunderbird 0.8)

I have done my homework, and searched the forums for "corrective action"

" You can tell Thunderbird to use more than one identity per mail account. This would be the case where you have a catch-all account for a domain or forward emails from another email address. The instructions below assume that you have Thunderbird 0.7 (or higher).

- Go to Tools -> Account Settings
- Choose the account that you wish to add additional identities to
- Click Manage Identities (The button is on lower right)
- Add the additional identity that you want.
- Repeat as necessary for additional identities

Now, you can select any of the identities when replying to mail or composing a new message."

or ................................ per the Thunderbird mail account wizard :

"Your existing outgoing server (SMTP), "", will be used. You can modify outgoing servers settings by choosing Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings from the Edit menu"
---------------------THIS, I have been unable to find, hence my frustration.

Please, if you have any experience in sorting out this situation to an acceptable conclusion .... give me a hollar.

Thanks in advance!

Old 10-02-2004, 07:48 PM   #2
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not sure about how to get it working...but maybe evolution could fit the bill.
Old 10-03-2004, 12:23 AM   #3
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I have been using Thunderbird with Linux and Mac with no problems =.

Multiple account works fine.

To set-up multiple SMTP server: (for Thunderbird0.8)

Tools --> Account Settings

Scroll down the list of your email acounts to the bottom. Where it says "Outgoing Server (SMTP)"

Click on that (highlighted)
and on the right side, the Outgoing Server (SMTP) Settings appear.
click the Advance button.

A window will pop-up
Now you can add as many SMTP server as you wish.
(settings is self-explanatory)

After adding all the SMTP servers you needed. Go to each account which you wish to change the SMTP server.

Click on the account "Server Settings" then Advance button on the right.
A window will pop-up with 2 tabs. SMTP and POP.
Choose SMTP and a drop-down list will appear with all your SMTP server settings. choose the corresponding one.

I hope I answered your question.
Old 10-03-2004, 10:29 AM   #4
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Thanks, finally got this issue resolved. I think Mozilla could have made configuration a little easier, or I have just gotten accustomed to KMail that I was unable to "think out of the box".

Willing at this point to give Thunderbird a fair shake, would like to find an acceptable icon though -------> LOL
Old 10-04-2004, 12:58 AM   #5
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I'm using thunderbird on linux and windows sharing the same mail folder on a 3rd drive.


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