Setup Thunderbird

Setup Thunderbird

Email, Calendar, and Contacts Client

Manage emails, calendars, and contacts from multiple accounts using Mozilla Thunderbird

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Background

Background

Kubuntu 20.04 ships with Thunderbird as the default email and calendar solution. While we have often been fans of Kmail, Thunderbird is easier to set up and has a wider following. Thunderbird is much faster than web mail clients when you want to move messages between accounts or sort them quickly.

Change the Theme

Change the Theme

The Focus aumatically installs a compatible dark theme. However, if you wish to change it, you may click on Menu > AddOns > AddOns > Themes and then select Dark or other theme name.

Install Lightening Connector

Install Lightening Connector

Add a Calendar

Click on Menu > AddOns > AddOns > Find more Extensions and search for Lightening. Then add it to Thunderbird and enable it. Mozilla provides an excellent FAQ to assist.

Install Provider Extension

Install Provider Extension

Integrate Google and Others

Click on Menu > AddOns > AddOns > Find more Extensions and type in provider to find the Provider for Google Calendar extension, add it to Thunderbird, and enable it.

Add Google Calendar(s)

Add Google Calendar(s)

Complete Calendar Configuration

Click on Menu > New > Calendar. When the wizard opens select Network and then enter your Gmail account and authorize access. We suggest you use the calendar as a mostly read-only view to avoid data conflict. See this FAQ which discusses some limitations. Mozilla also provides this guide which is frequently updated.

Import contacts

Find Addresses Fast

This Lifewire article shows how to import contacts with a simple procedure. We recommend exporting frequently used contacts. Thunderbird will then provide auto-complete options.

Troubleshooting

Issues will be added as required.

Revisions

This is a partial revision history. See the git repository for all entries.

Disclaimer

We try hard to provide a useful solution validated by professionals. However, we cannot anticipate every situation, and therefore cannot guarantee this procedure will work for your needs. Always backup your data and test the solution to determine the correct procedure for you.

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