Email Calendar Setup

Using your email application's calendar.

Your calendar actually has nothing to do with your emails, it's just that large office oriented applications include one for convenience. All your data stored into a calendar will be stored on that computer unless you set the application up to sync with an online calendar service like Google Calendar or have an internally hosted solution like Microsoft Small Business Server. This means that your calendar should hopefully not be disturbed at all while setting up a new email account or altering an existing one.

Lightning - The Thunderbird Calendar Extension

If you are using Mozilla Thunderbird and would like a calendar like Microsoft Outlook, you need to download an extension called Lightning. It is made by the same people who developed Thunderbird, but kept seperate from the project for various reasons. This add on is easily added through the extensions interface built right into Thunderbird. Alternatively you could download it through your browser.

Start by clicking the Tools menu, then selecting Add-ons.

In the "Get Add-ons" tab, search for "Lightning".

The first result should be "Lightning", with the description beginning with "Manage your daily schedule directly from within Thunderbird."

Click the "Add to Thunderbird" button and accept the install warning.

Wait for the download to finish, and then click the restart button when it pops up in a yellow bar. Alternatively, continue using the application and then close it when you're ready.

The next time Thunderbird opens, the task list will be there on the right hand side of the window. You can then add a new events calendar to use by opening the File menu, selecting New, then clicking Calendar.


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