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I would like to check/send emails from my desktop using Thunderbird. How do I set it up to pull down my Gmail emails, and send out emails through my Gmail account?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Here's how to do it for IMAP and POP access.

Also, if you select to create a new account in the latest Thunderbird, it will have a "Gmail" option that automates a lot of it for you. I think it's POP though.

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+1, have used gmail + tbird for about a year now and lovin' it! – Avery Payne Jul 17 '09 at 4:41
Last time I used T'bird it had that ability (circa 2008), and it was POP-only. If you use your email on more than one system, you will definitely want to set it up to use IMAP. – Andrew Scagnelli Jul 31 '09 at 19:52

Lifehacker had a very nice article on doing this.

Turn Thunderbird into the Ultimate Gmail IMAP Client

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Be very sure to understand how the Gmail Trash works, and how to use its SMTP server. When in doubt, see some more details at Greyed out emails in

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