We recommend you use the web-based Gmail for full functionality and integration with other Google Tools like Calendar. Gmail includes cross-links in messages with Google Calendar and Google Talk.
However, if you choose to continue using Thunderbird, you'll need to make some key IMAP/POP settings changes before you can access your Gmail account through Thunderbird:
- IMAP users should point to imap.gmail.com
- POP users should point to pop.gmail.com
- SSL encryption is required, and needs to specified as such. The option Thunderbird calls "Use Secure Authentication" is no longer supported and should not be enabled.
- Usernames *in email clients only* need to contain "@plu.edu". So instead of "myepass" I now must enter "email@example.com" as my username in Thunderbird. Again, this is only for email clients that connect via POP or IMAP.
For detailed instructions see the quick-start: