Thunderbird 1.5 Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

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Thunderbird 1.5 Setup for Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger

This document is intended to assist in the first-time setup of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 to use Sonic.net to send and receive email.

Download and install the Mozilla Thunderbird from GetThunderbird.com. First, Thunderbird needs to know if you are setting up a mail or newsgroup account. Select "Email Account" and click "Next." You will be prompted to provide your name and email address. The name you provide here will be displayed to recipients of your outbound mail. Click "next" to continue.

Provide name and email address

You will be prompted to provide information about the Sonic.net mail servers.

  • The incoming mail server is a POP server
  • The "Incoming Server" is pop.sonic.net
  • The "Outgoing Server" is mail.sonic.net

Click "next" to continue.

Provide server settings

You will be prompted to provide the user name for your incoming and outgoing mail servers. This is simply your Sonic.net account name. Click "next" to continue.

Provide your user name

You will be prompted to provide a name for this set of preferences. By default this will be the email address you provided earlier. Click "next" to continue.

Provide an email account name

You will be prompted to confirm your settings. Carefully review each entry. If any information here is incorrect, click the "back" button until you art prompted to re-enter the incorrect information. Once you are satisfied that there are no typos, click "finish" to complete the initial setup.

Confirm your settings

Thunderbird 1.5 Settings for Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger

The majority of settings available in Thunderbird 1.5 are purely a matter of personal preference. This document is intended as a reference for troubleshooting purposes.

Getting to Account Settings

To access the account settings in Thunderbird 1.5, open Thunderbird, select the Tools menu and click "Account Settings."

Account Settings

The first page you will be shown is the Account Settings. Here you can specify your name, email address, and reply-to address. If your reply-to address is your Sonic.net email address, you can leave this field blank. The Organization field is purely optional. You may wish you place your company name here. In the Account Settings you can specify a signature to place at the bottom of every email you send.

Account Settings

Server Settings

  • In the Server Settings category, your Server Type should be "POP Mail Server." If this is incorrect, you will have to create a new POP mail account in Thunderbird to change it.
  • The Server Name should be "pop.sonic.net."
  • The User Name should be your Sonic.net account name in lowercase, and the Port should be set to 995. If the Port field is set to 110, you may want to select the checkbox below labeled "Use Secure connection (SSL)."

All other settings here are purely optional.

Server Settings

Copies & Folders

All settings in the Copies & Folders category are a matter of personal preference. Set these as you please.

Copies & Folders

Composition & Addressing

In the Composition & Addressing category, you can specify whether you wish to compose messages in HTML, and whether you wish for quotes (used in replies) to appear above your reply or beneath it. These are a matter of personal preference. Set these as you please. Unless you have a specific reason not to, you should select "Use my global LDAP server preferences for this account." This is optional, and you can specify a different LDAP server if you like.

Composition & Addressing

Disk Space

Use caution with the Disk Space category. If you limit the size of messages downloaded, you may miss important correspondence.

Disk Space

Return Receipts

The settings in the Return Receipts category are purely optional. The default setting of "Use my global return receipt preferences for this account" will suit most needs.

Return Receipts

Security

In the Security category you can specify your default encryption and digital signing methods. This is a matter of personal preference, and for most purposes does not need to be configured.

Security

Local Folders

The Local Folders category allows you to rename and relocate your local folders.

Local Folders

Disk Space

The "Disk Space" subcategory allows you to specify message retention behavior. "Don't delete any messages" should suit most purposes.

Settings local diskmac15.png

Outgoing Server (SMTP)

The Outgoing Server category is where you can change your outbound mail server settings. Multiple outgoing mail servers can be configured here through the "add" and "edit" buttons.

Outgoing Server

Edit Outgoing

The server name when connected through Sonic.net is mail.sonic.net. We recommend that you set the Port to "465" and use SSL if available.

Settings edit outgoingmac15.png