How to Organize Gmail Folders Within Thunderbird?

In Gmail’s IMAP implementation, labels become Thunderbird folders. When you label a message in Gmail, Thunderbird creates a folder with the same name and stores messages there.

By default, Thunderbird shows all Gmail folders that you set up. To choose which Gmail folders to display in Thunderbird, you can change a few settings.

  • In Thunderbird, go to the File menu and select Subscribe.
  • Clear the check boxes next to the folders that you don’t want to display in Thunderbird.
  • Select OK.
  • The unchecked folders don’t display in Thunderbird.

How to Access Gmail With Thunderbird

To access your IMAP-enabled Gmail account in Thunderbird:

  • Open Thunderbird on your desktop.
  • Select File > New > Existing Mail Account. If you don’t see the File menu, you can select the Alt key.
  • In the Set Up Your Existing Email Address dialog box, provide your Gmail account information (real name, email address, and password). Thunderbird configures the Gmail connection automatically.
  • After choosing Continue, the program will find the correct server details. Then press Done, and a pop-up appears prompting you to log-in to your Gmail account.
  • Sign in with your Google credentials.
  • Thunderbird downloads your Gmail messages, and you can now access your Gmail on Thunderbird.