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Thunderbird mail question:

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Thunderbird mail question:

I have two computers running Thunderbird mail with (almost) identical set-up. Except one automatically downloads new mail on launching the programme, the other waits until I select "Get mail" (I prefer the latter) I seem to have "lost" the toggle that switches this feature one way or the other.
Anybody help please?
While on the topic of Thunderbird mail, I would like to export/transfer my address books between the two computers (preferably using the home network) Again anybody help with this one as well?
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pierre_pierre
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Re: Thunderbird mail question:

Address Book
Go to Address book and open it  Ctrl+Shift+B
go to tools - export and it creates a .ldif file, this can be imported by the other machine

not sure about the downloading
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Re: Thunderbird mail question:

For downloading -
Edit  ->  Account Settings  ->  Server Settings
On that page there is a tick box named - "Check for new messages at start up"
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Re: Thunderbird mail question:

You might also want to untick "Check for new messages every ..."
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pierre_pierre
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Re: Thunderbird mail question:

on mine 11.0.1 to get to settings, its right click on the folder, its not edit
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Re: Thunderbird mail question:

Well it is Edit - but the instructions were not quite right.
Highlight the root folder of the mail box -> Edit -> Properties - Server Settings
is what I see on 11.0.1
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Re: Thunderbird mail question:

Clang!! that was the sound of the penny dropping!! I didn't think of looking in server settings (doh!!) was searching around in "options"
Tried that method of transfer of address book, but didn't work, thought that was to export/import on the same computer with two mail programmes. But  maybe a procedure error on my part, will try again.
Edit: Ooop's sorry guy's for got to thank you...thank you.
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Re: Thunderbird mail question:

Hmm, it must be platform dependent, as I have double checked my instructions on another Ubuntu PC with Thunderbird 11.0 and this machine also does exactly as I described above.
I don't have a [Properties] option from the [Edit] drop-down.
But it sounds like 'Petlew' is happy now    Cool