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Mozilla Thunderbird – Setup your account

This manual gives you information on how to setup your mail account in Mozilla Thunderbird:

1. In Thunderbird, hit the alt-key and select File > New > Existing Mail Account.

2. Enter your name, your full mail adress (either your default mail adress or your alias) and your password and hit continue

3. Thunderbird now detects the correct settings automatically. After that you can click Done and your setup was successfull.
Note: Please do not change from IMAP to POP3 if you are not aware of what you are doing.

Error „Incoming server already exists“

If you already have setup thunderbird with your default mail address (account@uni-koeln.de or account@smail.uni-koeln.de), you will not be able to add an alias this way as a whole new mail account (or vice versa). Due to the fact, that a mail alias does not include a new account, all your mails would be displayed twice since you have only one inbox, no matter if they are sent to your default account or to your alias.

Should you get that error, you can think about the following options:

  • If you want to send your mails with your alias address as sender you could simply change the entered address in thunderbird to your alias address. Hit the alt-key and select Tools > Account settings. Choose the correct account and simply edit the address entered under Email Address.
  • If you want to choose for each mail individually, you need to setup a new identity via the "Manage identity" option in "Account settings". For further instructions please see Setup identities in Thunderbird.

Nicht nur E-Mails synchronisieren

Mit der Einrichtung eines E-Mail-Kontos in Thunderbird als IMAP-Konto können Sie auch von unterschiedlichen Geräten aus auf Ihren Bestand an E-Mails zugreifen und haben dabei immer einen konsistenten Blick auf den Status Ihrer E-Mail-Nachrichten, also zum Beispiel ob diese bereits gelesen, beantwortet oder weitergeleitet sind.

Neben E-Mails können Sie mit Thunderbird aber auch Termine (Kalenderinformationen) und Aufgabenlisten über mehrere Geräte hinweg synchronisieren. Folgen Sie unserer Anleitung zur Kalendersynchronisation, wenn Sie auch diese Daten einheitlich auf allen Geräten verfügbar haben möchten.

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