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Post Posted February 26th, 2012, 5:57 pm

Hello,
I used to be a Sunbird user, but since it's no longer supported, I decided to try Thunderbird + Lightning. I want to make it clear that the ONLY thing I want is the calendar from Lightning. That part works fine. But every time I start Thunderbird, it asks for me to set up the email account. Hitting cancel works fine, but I would rather not have it do that, as I would like it to auto-start with Windows, and run minimized to tab the entire time. Having to click cancel every single time it loads would be very bothersome, and if that's the case, I'll just go back to Sunbird. But I figured I would ask if it's possible before giving up.

I'm using Windows 7 64 bit Professional. Just downloaded Thunderbird today, so I have the latest version....

Thank you.

ya o
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Post Posted February 26th, 2012, 6:16 pm

setup TB as a normal user would, then deSelect the options to Check for new messages

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Post Posted February 26th, 2012, 7:54 pm

I'm afraid I don't quite follow you, could you explain where this option is? I don't see it in any of the menus.

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Post Posted February 26th, 2012, 8:08 pm

in Thunderbird's Menu bar, click Tools
click Account Settings
in the left panel, click Server Settings

in the right panel, uncheck [ _ ] Check .......... startup
in the right panel, uncheck [ _ ] Check .......... minutes

Sunbird_User
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Post Posted February 26th, 2012, 8:19 pm

Erm, I don't have those settings. Everything is blank, and I don't seem to be able to enter in a fake account.

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Post Posted February 26th, 2012, 8:32 pm

I think you have to use an actual account

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Post Posted February 26th, 2012, 8:34 pm

The preceding posts advice assumed you had created a dummy POP account. That is why you can't find the menu commands.

Create a dummy POP account using the new account wizard by entering a bogus email address and password for hotmail in the first window, and then press the "manual setup" button in the second window. That aborts it verifying whether the username/password is good and creates the account using whatever information it has.

Then edit the account settings using tools -> account settings -> hotmail -> server settings to disable it checking for new mail on startup, every X minutes etc.

The new account wizard should try to run every time you start Thunderbird if it can't detect any accounts. However, you can also use tools -> account settings -> accoutn actions -> "add mail account".

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Post Posted February 26th, 2012, 8:38 pm

Thank you, that worked. Sadly, the main reason I was "upgrading" from Sunbird was because I was hoping it would minimize to tray. But none of the extensions that claim to do that actually worked. So since I need to have a third party application to minimize it, I might as well go for the minimal app, so I'm going to head back to Sunbird.

Thank you chaps for helping, and I'm sorry to have been a bother.

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Post Posted May 22nd, 2012, 8:12 am

I, too, am using Thunderbird as a calendar (since Sunbird is dead).

However, having to add a mail account, even a dummy account, to get Thunderbird to stop prompting for an unwanted email account is just stupid.

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Post Posted May 22nd, 2012, 8:19 am

Xenomorph wrote:I, too, am using Thunderbird as a calendar (since Sunbird is dead).

However, having to add a mail account, even a dummy account, to get Thunderbird to stop prompting for an unwanted email account is just stupid.


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