How To Manually Setup an Email Account in Thunderbird 3.1
Posted on February 1, 2011
WOW, There seems to have been a huge misstep when Mozilla released Thunderbird 3.1 How do you manually setup an email account.
From the help section of Thunderbird, it clearly states you click the stop button in the automatic account process and then click the “Manual Setup” button clearly located at the lower left corner of the wizard. And that’s where the misstep is, THERE IS NO “Manual Setup” button.
The reason there is no “Manual Setup” button is that the Remember Password option was checked. In the very clear and labeled pictures in the solution at Mozilla, it shows the password and the Remember Password check box clearly checked. However this will not work on Thunderbird 3.1. All you have to do is leave out your password during the wizard setup and the Manual Setup will magically appear. Then you can add you password when you set up the email account manually.
The code to make the Manual Setup button appear when the Remember Password option was checked would be trivial to implement.
This took about an hour for me to figure out, so I hope this saved you some time. I have been a big fan on Thunderbird for many years. For the price you really can not beat the functionality of Thunderbird.