Email Setup for Mozilla Thunderbird



This guide outlines the procedure to configure Mozilla Thunderbird 3 to interface with the Centennial Arts email server. Before attempting this guide, make sure you have configured an email account with Centennial Arts and have the username and password information on hand.

Download Mozilla Thunderbird

Before we get started, for those of you who do not have the Mozilla Thunderbird client, you can download it from one of the two mirrors below.
Download via Ninite

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  • Windows
    Windows 7/Vista
  • Easy
  • 10 min
    10 min
  • Updated
WarningThis guide is for configuring Mozilla Thunderbird 3. Different versions of Thunderbird may differ slightly, but the general procedure will remain the same.
InformationThis guide is only meant as a reference and if at any point during the configuration process you have questions, please contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Configuration Guide


If you are opening Mozilla Thunderbird for the first time, you will automatically prompted to configure an email account and can skip ahead to step 2. Otherwise, please continue.

When Thunderbird is open, navigate to the top right of your window and right click the Tools Icon>Options>Account Settings.Thunderbird-Tools-Account Settings


In the Account Settings box, select Account Actions > Add Mail Account.Account Actions-Add Mail Account-cropped


In the Mail Account Setup window, enter the following information:

  • Your Name: Your display name (name the other party will read when receiving an email)
  • Email Address: (email address you were given)
  • Password: ***************

Click Continue when done.Mail Account Setup


Thunderbird will then attempt to auto-detect our server settings. This should occur without incident and you should see the information auto-populated for you. If not, input the following:

  • Incoming:    IMAP    143    STARTTLS
  • Outgoing:   SMTP     587    STARTTLS

Click the Done button to complete the process.Account Configuration








Limit Cached Connections

To limit the cached connections click the Tools Icon>Options>Account Settings. Once with Account Settings is open, click Server Settings>Advanced.

Click OK to complete the process.

Advanced Server Settings Limit Cache Settings


SuccessCongratulations! You should now have a fully configured account in Mozilla Thunderbird. If you have any problems with the configuration, please contact us!

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