Getting a Gmail account
[Instructions updated on 2014-05-20.]
Google has done much of the good work needed here, and should be
commended for that effort. Google offers a basic HTML version of
simply select "Basic HTML" at the bottom of any screen in your
Gmail account. go to "Setting," click on
"Help," then enter "Basic HTML view" in the search
field, then click on "Standard view and basic HTML view," then
"basic HTML view," then, if you wish to preserve the setting,
on "set basic HTML as default view."
I also wanted to make sure the "Basic HTML" version of Gmail was the default:
Using a desktop email client to read your Gmail account
First, you need to enable IMAP access to your email. IMAP, the Internet Message Access Protocol is used to let your computer keep a complete copy of all of your email locally, as well as keeping it on the server, in this case Gmail's server.
Enable IMAP, disable POP
To do this, pop open the settings for your account, and enable IMAP. To make things a little easier, you should probably also disable POP access, which is a different way to get your email that involves downloading all your email and removing it from the server.
Set up Thunderbird to access Gmail's IMAP server
Now we need to configure Thunderbird. Start by entering your name, email address and password:
Confirm account settings
Thunderbird makes this very easy for us, as it already knows which servers to use for Gmail accounts:
And that's it! I can now send and receive emails from Gmail in Thunderbird or any other IMAP client!
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