Access Your Email in Mozilla Thunderbird

The following instructions will assist you in adding your email address into Mozilla Thunderbird.

Please Note: Thunderbird has been approved for both Linux users and as an alternative email platform. However, please be aware that Thunderbird uses an yearly paid extension called Owl for Exchange that is ensures Thunderbird is compatible with Microsoft modern authentication methodologies. The add-on comes with a 1 month free trial but will need to be purchased individually once the trial has expired. For information on licensing costs and installation options please see

Accessing Your Employee Email Account in Mozilla Thunderbird

  1. If the program has no email accounts connected, you will be prompted to enter your account information in the Set Up an Existing Email Account window. Enter your email address and password and select Continue.

    Set up page with the Email address and password boxes highlighted by red and the Continue button highlighted by a red box and arrow
  2. After selecting Done a set of Protocol buttons will appear. Change the protocol to Exchange at which point a notification will show under regarding the installation of Owl for Exchange which is required to authenticate with the University of Nevada email servers. Select the Install button. Once the add-on has finished installing click Done.
    Sign in Page with the Exchange button selected and a red box and arrow highlighting the Install and Done buttons
  3. Your email account is now ready to use!
If you have any issues accessing your employee email from Mozilla Thunderbird, please contact the OIT Support Center for email client setup assistance.
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