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How to make an email be the default on Thunderbird

Intro.

This article is good for people who have multiple email accounts/boxes being checking on their Thunderbird email software, and want one of them to be the default email account chosen when a new email composing is started or if an automated email response is sent. 

First, a topic and suggestion outside the focus of this topic, but related.  For the reason that the email software can send automatic a responses, confirmations, and receipts without you knowing, my suggestion is to make the default be an empty account (a nonexistent email box with fake email servers indicated).  This way an automated outgoing response does not get sent and you see it first and can choose to either modify it, or have it sent with the proper From address, or delete it, or move it to some other folder, or be ignored.

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Steps.

Method 1.

  1. Open Thunderbird.
  2. Go to Tools from top menu.

    Thunderbird Tools from menu with Account Settings selected

  3. Select Account Settings.
  4. On the new window that shows, on the left pane, select the email account that you want to be the default.
  5. Look below the left pane, and click on the pull-down menu button of Account Actions.

    Thunderbird Account Settings Account Actions button with Set As Default selected.

  6. Select "Set as Default".
  7. Click OK button

 

Method 2.

  1. Open Thunderbird.
  2. On the left pane, select the Email account you want to be chosen by default when you start a new email.
  3. Select Settings.

    Right-mouse-button selection on Email account with Settings selected

  4. On the new window that shows, on it's left pane, the account you chose before should be highlighted, and if not, then select the email account that you want to be the default.
  5. Look below the left pane, and click on the pull-down menu button of Account Actions.

    Thunderbird Account Settings Account Actions button with Set As Default selected.

  6. Select "Set as Default".
  7. Click OK button

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