Mozilla Thunderbird for Windows

In order to setup your email on Mozilla Thunderbird you will need a few things:

  • An active internet connection (To make sure it works)
  • Username
  • Password
  • Incoming and Outgoing email servers settings

If you are a Red Shift customer please Click Here for your email server settings.

The following screen shots come from a Microsoft Windows XP computer using Mozilla Thunderbird release 24.1.0. All windows computers require the same similar steps, don’t worry if you are using a newer version of windows.

For Mac OS X users the steps are similar to the Microsoft Windows instructions. Inside Mozilla Thunderbird go to go to File > New > Mail Account. Please Click Here for the Mac OS X guide.

Adding an email account to a new installation of Mozilla Thunderbird

Step 1)

Open the Thunderbird program and this will likely be the first screen you see on a new installation of Mozilla Thunderbird. Click the “Skip this and use existing account” button to the bottom left.


If not, click the “Email’ button under the create a new account category.


Step 2) Now you will be at the account setup screen. Enter your name, email address, password, and then click the continue button.



Step 3) Once you have done that, Thunderbird will automatically try to get the right settings for your email address from the Red Shift  email servers. You can manually enter the settings if needed by checking the “Manual Config” button.

IMAP Mail Account Setup


IMAP Mail Account Setup Manual Config


POP Mail Account Setup


POP Mail Account Setup Manual Config



If you are not connected to the internet, you will need to click the “Advance Config’ button to manually configure your email address settings.

Step 4) Click the “Done” button to finish the setup process.

Adding a email account to an existing Mozilla Thunderbird installation

Step 1) Go to Thunderbird Menu > Options > Account Settings.


Step 2) Once in account settings on the bottom left hand side under the large white column is the “Account Actions” button. Click that and a drop down menu will appear with a few options. Select “Add Mail Account”



Step 3) Follow steps 2-4 from “Adding an email account to a new installation of Mozilla Thunderbird”