Following are some common questions before installing:
Can I migrate my profile from Mozilla email clients?
Yes. Auto migration is available for Mozilla 1.x or Netscape 6.x and 7.x profiles.
Will I be able to import messages from other email programs? What about exporting messages?
Yes. You can import by going to Tools | Import. Thunderbird's "mbox" format should allow you to export mail messages as well. If you are looking for an easy way to import mbox files, there is an extension available that allows you to do this. You can find it at http://nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html. For more information concerning how to install extensions in Thunderbird, see Chapter 13.
I use AOL. Can I use Thunderbird to send and read my mail?
Yes. You need to set up an IMAP account in Thunderbird (see Chapter 10) and use the following settings:
Incoming Server Type: imap.aol.com
Port Number: 587
User Name: Your AOL screen name
Outgoing Server (SMTP): smtp.aol.com
Can I use Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail with Thunderbird?
Yes. Follow these links to learn how you can accomplish this:
Hotmail: Blue HttpMail:http://bhttpmail.sourceforge.net/
Hotmail Popper: http://boolean.ca/hotpop/
Yahoo! Mail: YPOPs! http://yahoopops.sourceforge.net/
Mr. Postman: http://2mod2.com/mohot/
Can Thunderbird help my horrible spelling?
Yes, thanks to http://spellchecker.mozdev.org/.
Can I sync my address book in Thunderbird with my Palm?
Yes, if you use Windows. Go to
http://kb.mozillazine.org/index.phtml?title=Thunderbird_:_FAQs_:_PalmSync to find out how to do this.
I would like some kind of notification that I have new mail. Can Thunderbird do this?
The Windows version of Thunderbird serves up mail notification in the system tray while Thunderbird is running. An extension discussed in the "Getting and Sending Messages" section of Chapter 13 might be of some help in this area. On the Mac side, you can configure Thunderbird to animate the dock icon to notify you when you have new mail.