Thunderbird is a desktop client by Mozilla, the same company which developed Firefox. If you prefer to work in desktop client mail environment then Thunderbird might be a good choice. Setting Gmail in it is quiet easy. This guide provides you the step by step method to setup your Gmail account inside Thunderbird.
First login to your Gmail account. Go to Settings –> Forwarding and POP/IMAP –> IMAP Access –> Enable IMAP. You can also use POP settings for your emails but IMAP is preferred over POP and one good thing is that Gmail doesn’t charge anything for this feature (Yahoo charges $19.99/year and IMAP is not available in Hotmail).
Download and install Thunderbird mail client. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Click on Tools –> Account Settings.
On left, click on Account actions drop down. Select Add mail account.
Now enter your name, email ID and password in the box given.
Thunderbird will automatically detect all the settings. Check the green icon next to incoming and outgoing links. It means everything is fine. Click “Create Account” button.
That’s it. Your account is created. Click on the Read messages to check your emails. Thunderbird will start downloading all the mails to your computer. It means you can also access them offline.
Now you don’t need to go to Gmail.com to check your mails. Just open the Thunderbird to check all the mails. Now you can compose new mail, star mails, assign labels and do many other things with your mail client.