Is there a way to disable Thunderbird?

I have looked, and looked for a solution to this problem. When I am on a website that has an email form, if I click on it it automatically opens in Thunderbird. I am unable to send or receive email, using Thundebird. I have tried setting it up manually and automatically with my email settings, to no avail. I use both gmx.com and web.de and neither seem to be compatible with Thunderbird. Is there any way to disable Thunderbird. I tried looking into default applications, but for Thunderbird there seems to be no way to stop it from being the default mail client! This is very frustrating, as well as a royal pain! Although I am new to Zorin, I have been using one version of Linux or another for over ten years. In the past I used Evolution Mail for years, with no problems whatsoever. However I have never been able to get Thunderbird to work for me.

Have you tried Settings -> Default Applications? You can set the default email client from there.

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You could try what @zenzen suggests or in Case You don't use Thunderbird You could simply uninstall it.

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It sounds like you're dealing with two issues: configuring email in Thunderbird and changing the default email application. Let's address both issues step by step.

1. Disabling Thunderbird as the Default Email Client

To prevent Thunderbird from opening when you click on email links (mailto: links), you need to change your default email application. Here’s how you can do it in Zorin OS (which is based on Ubuntu):

Using the Graphical User Interface:

  1. Open Settings: Go to the system settings.
  2. Default Applications: Look for the "Default Applications" section.
  3. Email: You should see an option to set the default email client. Change it from Thunderbird to another application (such as Evolution, if you have it installed, or your preferred email client).

Using the Command Line:

If the graphical interface does not provide the option or does not work as expected, you can use the xdg-mime command to change the default email application.

  1. Open a terminal.
  2. To set Evolution as the default email client, you can use:

bash

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xdg-mime default evolution.desktop x-scheme-handler/mailto

2. Configuring Email in Thunderbird

If you still want to use Thunderbird, let’s troubleshoot why you can't send or receive emails. Here are some common steps to configure GMX.com and Web.de with Thunderbird:

GMX.com:

  1. Incoming Server (IMAP):
  • Server: imap.gmx.com
  • Port: 993
  • Security: SSL/TLS
  • Authentication: Normal password
  1. Outgoing Server (SMTP):
  • Server: mail.gmx.com
  • Port: 587
  • Security: STARTTLS
  • Authentication: Normal password
  1. Username: Your full email address (e.g., yourname@gmx.com).

Web.de:

  1. Incoming Server (IMAP):
  • Server: imap.web.de
  • Port: 993
  • Security: SSL/TLS
  • Authentication: Normal password
  1. Outgoing Server (SMTP):
  • Server: smtp.web.de
  • Port: 587
  • Security: STARTTLS
  • Authentication: Normal password
  1. Username: Your full email address (e.g., yourname@web.de).

Steps to Configure:

  1. Open Thunderbird and go to Account Settings.
  2. Add Mail Account:
  • Enter your name, email address, and password.
  • Click on Continue or Manual Config.
  • Enter the settings as provided above for IMAP and SMTP.
  • Click on Done.

If you are still having trouble:

  • Ensure that your firewall or antivirus is not blocking Thunderbird.
  • Double-check your email server settings.
  • Make sure your email provider has not locked your account due to suspicious activity (sometimes they require you to log in via the web interface to unlock it).

3. Removing Thunderbird (if desired)

If you decide to remove Thunderbird completely, you can uninstall it via the terminal:

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sudo apt-get remove thunderbird

This will remove Thunderbird from your system. However, make sure you have another mail client installed and set as the default before doing this.

By following these steps, you should be able to change your default email application and configure your email settings correctly in Thunderbird or another email client.

"ChatGPT"

I saw the post above and thought to myself:

Impressive, this person is very motivated to help people on this forum.

and then i saw "ChatGPT" :rofl:

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:rofl:
this person is motivated to help , but doesn't have clear answers like a AI bot lol.
at least it'll help to steer into some direction to solve a problem ?
and yes i know , ChatGPT shouldn't be considered as a definite/almighty answer .
but it helped me with a couple things .
anyway , im will refrain from quoting chatgpt , ppl on forums doesn't like it
:wink:

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Going back to the topic now. Definitely set the default mail application like zenzen said. I wouldn't be able to tell you what kind of applications you could use, i use Proton so they have their own e-mail client for linux.

It is not necessary to uninstall Thunderbird if you plan to use it at a later. But in case you do.

for apt (default package manager):
sudo apt autoremove --purge thunderbird

for flatpak:
flatpak uninstall org.mozilla.Thunderbird