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Last updated: April 24, 2023

Installing Thunderbird

  1. Go to http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/ to download the latest version of Thunderbird for Windows or Macintosh.
  2. Run the installer.
  3. Launch Thunderbird and continue with the instructions below.

Configuring Thunderbird settings

Adding an account

  1. On first launch you will be asked to setup an existing email address. Fill out your full name, Hamilton email address and email account password. You should leave the Remember Password box checked unless you wish to enter your password every time mail is checked.
  2. Click Continue
  3. You may be offered a choice of IMAP or POP3. If so, choose IMAP and click Done.
  4. A Google authentication window will appear. Ensure your Hamilton email address is filled in, then click Next
  5. Enter your Hamilton email account password, ensure the Stay signed in box is checked, and click Sign in
  6. Answer the Two Step Verification when prompted.
  7. Click Allow in the pop-up window. This gives Thunderbird permission to access your messages.
  8. Click Finish to complete the basic setup.
Configuring Hamilton address book settings

If you are configuring Thunderbird on a personal computer, skip these directions and proceed to the next section.

  1. In the folder list on the left side of the Thunderbird window, right-click your email address and choose Settings from the menu.
  2. Click Composition & Addressing.
  3. Click Use a different LDAP server, then click the Edit Directories button.
  4. In the LDAP Directory Server window, click the Add button and update the following fields:
    • Set Name to HillAD
    • Set Hostname to bud2c.hamilton.edu
    • Set Base DN to dc=hamilton,dc=edu (note there are no spaces)
    • Check the option to Use secure connection (SSL)
    • Set Bind DN to username@hamilton.edu where “username” is your e-mail ID. If you are a student, use the format username@students.hamilton.edu
    • Set Port number to 3269.
    • Click OK and click OK again to save the settings.
    • Select HillAD from the directory list pull down menu. Close the account settings window.
Configuring the Hamilton address book to search by name (rather than username):
  1. In the folder list on the left side of the Thunderbird window, right-click your email address and choose Settings from the menu.
  2. In the lower-left corner, click on Thunderbird Settings.
  3. Under General, scroll to the bottom and click the Config Editor button.
  4. Click the Tools menu, select Options (on a Mac, select Thunderbird and then Preferences), click  the Advanced icon, then the General tab and click the Config Editor button.
  5. Under the Search preference name field, type in “DisplayName”.
  6. Locate the list entry titled ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.DisplayName. Click the pen (Edit) icon for this entry.
  7. Overwrite cn,commonname with displayName. This word must be typed exactly as shown
  8. Click the checkmark icon next to the entry to apply the changes.
  9. Close the preference windows and re-launch Thunderbird.
Fine-tuning Thunderbird settings
  1. Your sent messages are automatically placed in the [Gmail/Sent Mail] folder. It is no longer necessary to save a copy of your sent messages on the server. To update this setting, click the Tools menu, select Account Settings, and then select Copies & Folders. Uncheck the box labeled Place a copy in:. Keep this window open for the next few steps.
  2. To set the proper location for your Drafts folder, select Account Settings, and then select Copies & Folders. In the Drafts, Archives, and Templates section: set the following:
    • Set Keep message drafts in: to Other and navigate to the folder username@hamilton.edu > [Gmail] > Drafts where “username” is your e-mail ID.
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  1. Keep message archives in: should be automatically set to Other: All Mail.  If not, select Other and navigate to the folder username@hamilton.edu > Gmail > All Mail where “username” is your e-mail ID. Click OK.
  2. To keep Thunderbird from opening messages in tab form, select Tools then Options (on a Mac, select Thunderbird then Preferences).
  3. Click the Display icon and then select the Advanced tab.
  4. Under Open messages in: select the radial button A new message window.
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  5. Click OK.
Things to Know about Thunderbird
  •  The first time you create a new message, the LDAP Server Password Required window is displayed. Please enter your password and check the Use Password Manager box.
  • The first time you send a message, the SMTP Server Password Required window is displayed. Please enter your password and check the Use Password Manager box.

 

 

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