Thunderbird Explained: A Tutorial
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Navigating the Thunderbird Interface

At this point, if your server has mail on it (for the purposes of this example, your iSchool email account), your mailbox will be populated with messages. 

In Thunderbird, messages that are bold are unread and messages that are not bold have already been read.

Thunderbird’s interface looks like this:

Now, let us send a test message to ourselves, to make sure that we have configured our mailbox properly.  Click on the write button (between the get mail button on the left and the address book button on the right). In the to: field, type your “email address,” in the subject, type “test message,” and in the message box, type “test”. 

Click send and the message should close. If your account is configured correctly, when you click on the Get Mail button, your message will be delivered. If the message is not delivered, you will need to check your mail server settings again, to ensure you input the correct information.

With Thunderbird, there is no need to always type in the contact information when sending an email. The AddressBook function allows you to collect all your contact information in one place. 

Click on the Address button to work with your address book.  Once in the Address Book click on New Card to insert contact information. Try it out using your own address.  Input your first and last names in the appropriate fields, as well as your email address.

Compose another message.  Click on the contacts button at the top of your screen.  At this point, you should see your name on the left-hand side of the screen, under the personal contacts information.  Also note that Thunderbird makes an automatic contact list for any individual that you have sent a message to.  Therefore, when you respond to an email directed to you from someone you do not know, their email address will be added to your contact list. You can delete them by right clicking (control + click for Macs) on the name and selecting delete.  Close the compose message box now; do not save the message.

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