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March 12, 2007

Add Gmail Features to Thunderbird

If you use Mozilla's email client and you miss Gmail's features, there's an extension called GmailUI that may help you.

GmailUI lets you archive your mail to a folder to keep your inbox uncluttered, you can use a small part of Gmail's keyboard shortcuts and search operators like from: or subject:.

A good reason to use a desktop mail client is to manage more email accounts from a single interface. To make webmail services like Yahoo Mail or Hotmail work with Thunderbird, you'll have to download another extension and follow the instructions from this site. Unlike Yahoo Mail or Hotmail, that don't support POP3*, Gmail does and it's easy to configure in Thunderbird.

Gmail recently added a mail fetcher feature that works only with standard POP accounts.

* Yahoo Mail supports POP3 for the non-US accounts. To get POP3 for the accounts, you need to pay $19.99 a year for Yahoo Mail Plus.


  1. Is it possible to change my account to a country outside of the US to get pop3? I know to get the beta of the mail I changed mine to the UK and was able to get the beta.

  2. From what I know, you need to have an email address like: You can change your Yahoo to a localized version (like Yahoo UK), but that doesn't change your mail address from to It wouldn't make sense because you'd lose all the mail sent to

  3. You can get a Yahoo UK account at:

    What are the additional features compared to a account?

    * POP access
    * AddressGuard (disposable email addresses to use when you don't want to give out your primary address)
    * mail forwarding (automatically forward your email to another email account)