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Setting Up Mail: Thunderbird* in Mac OS X


* The instructions for setting up Mozilla/Netscape Mail are essentially the same.  Start Mozilla/Netscape, open Window>Mail & Newsgroups, open Edit>Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings, and continue with the instructions below.

Incoming Mail (IMAP)

  • Start Thunderbird and open Tools>Account Settings...
  • Click on Add Account...
  • Select Email Account and click Continue
  • Enter your name and your email address (i.e. your Reply-To address) and click Continue
  • In the Server Information panel, select IMAP and for Incoming Server AND Outgoing Server, enter and click Continue
  • NOTE: will only work as an outgoing SMTP server for computers connected within the astronomy subnet (including laptops using DHCP that are connected to a cable).  If you are connected from home, please use the outgoing mail server operated by your Internet Service Provider.  If you are connected via AirBears, you must use another outgoing mail server such as the one provided by CalMail.

    server information dialog box

  • Click OK when asked if you trust the security certificate

    security certificate warning

  • Click Continue
  • In the User Names panel, enter the user name for your Unix account and click Continue
  • In the Account Name panel, choose a name for this account to be used by Thunderbird, e.g., Astro Email
  • Click Done

  • In the Account Settings Panel, select Server Settings for the account you just created
  • Under Security Settings, select Use Secure Connection: SSL -- the port number should automatically be set to 993

    Server settings for account--activate SSL

  • Click on the Advanced... button
  • For IMAP Server Directory, enter mail and click OK (Read here how to make sure this directory or link exists)

    Setting the IMAP server directory

  •  Finally, in the Account Settings Panel, click OK

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