Understanding Email Clients and Their Advantages

An email client is a computer program that allows you to check your email without having to open up your Internet Browser. Mozilla Thunderbird is one Email Client that is offered by the same folks that make Mozilla Firefox, the highly customizable web browser. Thunderbird is a very nice alternative to Microsoft Outlook and is free.


Like Firefox, there are many plug-ins available to help make browsing your emails easier and increase productivity. Another great thing about Thunderbird is that it checks your spelling as you type, the same way that Firefox does, even in the subject line.

Why Should I Use an Email Client?

There are several advantages to using a separate computer program to access your email, such as allowing you to view your messages when you are off-line and making it easier to search your messages. Also, rather than having to open up your Internet browser, go to the web-mail page, and entering your login information each time you want to check your mail, when you use an email client, you simply open the program and it automatically checks your email.

Email programs also offer advanced address book features and calendars, helping to improve the overall productivity of its users. Sending messages and reading through them is often also easier, allowing you to use different windows and tabs to view your messages.

Another advantage of using windows email client is that it lets you access multiple accounts simultaneously from a single place. So, if you have five different email accounts, you can check them all through your email client, as opposed to going to each separate page. This can be a big time saver and make life very easy.

A Word About Gmail

Gmail is the free mail program that is offered by Google. It is one of the better free emails available, as unlike Hotmail, Yahoo, and other free emails, you can use Gmail in an Email Client. Also, with its max 25 megabyte attachment size and virtually unlimited storage space, it is one of the most powerful free emails available.

Another cool thing about Gmail is you can use periods in your email address. So, “joe.smith” is the same as “joesmith,” which is the same as “j.o.e.smith.” This can be great for using on business cards or other places where you need to print your email address, as it makes it more human readable.

Gmail also has a very powerful Spam filter, which is almost perfect when it comes to stopping spam. However, sometimes it does get a little over zealous and catches things that are not spam. So, if you are ever expecting an email and don’t get it, make sure to log into Gmail and check the Spam Folder.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that like other email services, Google will show you advertisements when you login through their web-mail interface. This is no different from other services like, Yahoo or Hotmail, but does mean that if you are reading an email about your dog, expect to see advertisements about dogs. Of course, if you use a program like Thunderbird, you will not see any Advertisements.

Setting up Gmail in Thunderbird

One of the best things about Gmail is that it works with email clients. First, however, you need to log in to your Gmail account and enable pop,* which is an email transfer protocol.

To Enable Pop in Gmail:

Log In -> Click on Settings -> Click on “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” -> Click the radio button labeled “Enable POP for all mail (even mail that’s already been downloaded)” and save changes.

From the settings page, click on the link that says “Configuration Instructions,” which is under the POP and IMAP section. This will bring you to a page that explains how to set up Gmail in Thunderbird, as well as several other email clients.

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