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Old 16. May 2014, 01:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My wife uses two computers; both HP. One is a laptop running Windows 8.1 and the other is a desktop running Windows 7.
Her printer is a Brother MFC-495cw, but she cannot get it scan to an email as she has not been able to designate an email client for this multifunction device.
She is using Outlook.com having just switched from Outlook Express with her upgrade from Windows XP on an older computer.

My questions:
1) Is Thunderbird a web based or computer based email?
2) If she adds Thunderbird, can she do so with both computers and strill access all of her emails from Outlook.com?
3) Can she designate Thunderbird as the email client for her scanner?

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Old 16. May 2014, 05:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thunderbird is installed as a program on your computer.

I have 5 accounts. One is a webmail account and the other 4 are configured as "POP" accounts, one is GMX and the other 3 are Gmail. The mail for these are collected by Thunderbird and stored on my computer(s). I also have it configured not to delete the messages on the server so I can still access these by going directly to my webmail login, GMX or Gmail accounts online. If I switch to my second desktop or laptop which also have Thunderbird installed, then the same messages will arrive there too when I connect. You can also choose to forward mail from other accounts into say one Gmail account (using the client's own options) and then just have Thunderbird collect from that, but I prefer to keep mine separate. You can however choose (using Thunderbird) to send replies from a different account to the one they arrive in.

I don't use Outlook or a printer so I can't advise about that part of it.
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Old 17. May 2014, 10:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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2) If she adds Thunderbird, can she do so with both computers and strill access all of her emails from Outlook.com?
3) Can she designate Thunderbird as the email client for her scanner?
Thanks for any help and advice.
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Yes she can have Outlook.com and TBird installed and running on both. Even if she were still using an Outlook Express installation rather than Outlook.com she would still be able to use both.

I don't understand what you mean by her "scanning an email". Do you mean scanning paper based documents directly into her email client? If so, i never heard of anyone doing that.
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Thank you for your replies. My wife frequently scans documents from her Brother MFC-495cw into an email. Since she has switched to Windows 7 (and 8.1), she cannot scan a document or picture from her MFC device (Multifunction printer/scanner/ fax, copier) into an email directiy as she could with Outlook Express and her old Windows XP.
In Brother's Control Center 3 there is a way to set up scanning to different folders, etc and to an email client. Since Outlook is web based, there is no software on her computers which the printer/scanner can identify. So she gets a message telling her that an email client is not set up to receive scanned documents.

Did I make myself clear?


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A Final Question on this topic (I hope).

Is there a relatively easy way to transfer the address book from the old Outlook Express (still on our old computer running Windows XP) into Thunderbird?

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This might work:

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Import_from_Outlook_Express

If not, try Googling it.
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Thank you for your replies. My wife frequently scans documents from her Brother MFC-495cw into an email. Since she has switched to Windows 7 (and 8.1), she cannot scan a document or picture from her MFC device (Multifunction printer/scanner/ fax, copier) into an email directiy as she could with Outlook Express and her old Windows XP.
In Brother's Control Center 3 there is a way to set up scanning to different folders, etc and to an email client. Since Outlook is web based, there is no software on her computers which the printer/scanner can identify. So she gets a message telling her that an email client is not set up to receive scanned documents.

Did I make myself clear?


Thanks again,
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I notice that you didn't get a response to this question. You've probably worked it out already but I'll answer it in case someone else is looking for a solution in this thread.

Yes, Thunderbird can be installed as your email client.

Normally, to scan to Thunderbird it will have to be the default for Windows. If Thunderbird is not the default then you can set this in Thunderbird or in Windows. I've linked to appropriate help pages:
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My apologies for resurrecting an old thread.

I'm trying out Thunderbird as an alternative to a well-known paid "all-in-one" email program. I'm also going to check out EM Client.

Does anyone know how to enlarge the text on Thunderbird? I don't use a preview or message pane and so I see all my emails listed. But, I find the text too small. I've tried going to View>Zoom> but all the options are greyed out.
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Does anyone know how to enlarge the text on Thunderbird? I don't use a preview or message pane and so I see all my emails listed. But, I find the text too small. I've tried going to View>Zoom> but all the options are greyed out.
This something I've never needed to do but I did find this.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thu...-size-changer/
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This something I've never needed to do but I did find this.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thu...-size-changer/
Thanks MC. I'm just getting sight-challenged in my old age...
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