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  • Does anyone use Opera Mail?

    Could anyone help me to set up an e-mail account with Opera Mail? I have an email address for a .com name, and I was using it with Thunderbird. I don't remember how I got my e-mail to work with Thunderbird (it was a while ago). I would now like to begin using Opera Mail but I'm not sure about what I need to do.

    Thanks for the help,


  • Opera Mail is no longer being worked on and no longer being supported by Opera. You can still get it from though.

    Do you still want to try it?

    Is the account you're using in Thunderbird an IMAP account or a POP account? If the latter, do you need to import the messages that Thunderbird has that are no longer on the server into Opera Mail?

    If you don't have to import anything, to add an email account to Opera Mail, once it loads up, skip importing, choose to create a new account (or goto "Menu at top left -> mail and chat accounts -> add" if you already closed the new account wizard). The wizard will ask you for your email address, the IMAP or POP server name (like, the SMTP server name, whether you want to connect securely to those servers and your username and password.

    Once all done with the wizard, you new account should connect just fine if you have all the info right. You might have to go to "Menu -> mail and chat accounts -> the account -> edit -> Servers tab" and adjust the ports for the IMAP/POP server and the SMTP server. Also, if the account is an IMAP account, once Opera Mail first connects and shows all your IMAP folders, you'll want to edit the account and look on the "IMAP" tab. Make sure to set all your special folders (like trash etc.).

    To find the proper settings, just look in Thunderbird. Goto "Menu button on right -> options -> account settings" (or "Tools -> account settings" if you have the menu bar showing). Under the "Server Settings" for the account, it'll tell you the server name, port and connection security. Just use those in Opera. To find the SMTP server setting in Thunderbird, scroll all the way down the account settings dialog, select "Outgoing Server (SMTP)" and select the SMTP server. Below it, it'll show the server name, port and connection security. Just use those in Opera too.

    It's really fast and simple to set up. Just sounds like a lot in words.

    Now, if the account in Thunderbird is a POP account and you have messages that are no longer on the server (as in, only on your drive in Thunderbird) that you need to import, you'll have to take some extra steps (do not use the built-in "Import from Thunderbird wizard. It doesn't work correctly). *After* you set up the POP account in Opera Mail, you'll need to import the messages from Thunderbird (while Thunderbird is closed). In Opera Mail, goto "Menu -> settings -> import and export -> import mail -> import generic mbox -> add mbox". You then have to point Opera Mail to Thunderbird's mbox file for your Inbox for your account. An example path would be "C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\Mail\\Inbox" (It's "Inbox", not inbox.msf). In the import dialog, choose to import into the existing account that you just created and not a new one.

    Once you import the messages from the Inbox in Thunderbird into Opera, you just need to remove any duplicates. In this case, if you have two copies of a message, you'll want to delete the already-read copy and keep the newly-fetched, unread copy that's in "All Messages/Unread" in Opera.

    You'll need to repeat that import process for each folder you've created in Thunderbird that has messages in it that you want to import into Opera Mail. Also, for the "Sent" file that you import, in the import dialog in Opera, there'll be a "move to sent" drop-down so that those messages get imported as sent messages. You can try the same thing with drafts.

    Note though that if you've been using Thunderbird since Thunderbird 2 and or have things set up as a global inbox, your messages might actually be in "C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\Mail\Local Folders". If so, you'll have to import from that "Inbox" file.