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It’s here. Finally. Gmail now supports IMAP. Internet Message Access Protocol. IMAP is cool because as you work with your email, moving it to folders, reading it, deleting it, etc. your actions are synced with the mail server. This way if you access the mail again from a different computer you will have everything in the last place you left it and you don’t have to remember what you did last time. Much more advanced them simple POP email.
My favorite client for IMAP is Mozilla Thunderbird. Not just any Thunderbird, Thunderbird Portable Edition. This allows me to keep my copy of Thunderbird on a USB stick and take it, and all of its detailed settings, with me where ever I go.
The things I’m going to show you here will work whether you use the portable edition or not. Google is rolling out IMAP slowly so if you don’t see it right away you will shortly. I’m not going to ‘reinvent the wheel’, Google already provides instructions on how to set up Thunderbird with IMAP.
Getting the most of out Gmail IMAP and Thunderbird
When you set up IMAP in Thunderbird and retrieve your mail for the first time, Thunderbird will create a folder structure with the basic Gmail folders and folders representing all your Gmail tags.
Set up your server settings
Right click on the account name (in my case Gmail IMAP) or click Tools –> Account Settings
Click the Server Settings entry on the left
Ensure the following are checked:
Make sure Sent and Draft mail is available synched to your Gmail from Thunderbird
Enable Offline Access
If you want access to your email offline, click the Offline & Disk Space entry on the left
If you want other folders available when you are offline, click the button ‘Select Folders for Offline Use’. You will then be able to select your other Gmail tags/folders.
Under Disk Space you can select how to manage these offline files. I chose to have mine deleted after 7 days. I left the selection for read messages unchecked because most often it is something I recently read that I might need again when I can’t connect to the net.
Enable Junk/Spam Sync
Ensure the following are checked
Some Tips on how functions map between Thunderbird and Gmail
Note: If you want to Archive a message, or several selected messages, drag it to the [Gmail]/All Mail folder
WordPress 2.3.1 is now available. 2.3.1 is a bug-fix and security release for the 2.3 series. There are several bug fixes. One nice addition is the categories integrate even better with Windows Live Writer.
The upgrade was straight forward as usual. Get the latest Akismet plugin as well.