Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

When trying to configure new eMail accounts, Mozilla Thunderbird tries to guess at the server settings. Unfortunately, this feature causes a lot of problems, particularly when the internet connection is down (or when trying to set up an account before the mail server is configured) which makes it impossible to set up the account at all.

How can I disable this "automatic guessing" functionality in Thunderbird when setting up a new eMail account?

share|improve this question
"Unfortunately, this feature causes a lot of problems...": +1. I call it a software torture device. – jww Sep 17 '14 at 17:11

You can start Thunderbird by calling:

thunderbird -ProfileManager

Then check the "Work offline" option. The wizard will start anyway, but you should be able to close it without later troubles.

share|improve this answer
Hopefully I can try tomorrow -- thank you; this seems to be a good solution. – Randolf Richardson Sep 21 '11 at 6:57

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .