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I am an Ubuntu member and have an email address. I want to use this address to reply to mails from using Thunderbird.

Right now this email address is mapped my one of my email-id on Google Apps. I tried adding my account on thunderbird

Add an email account

Since I do not know the password, I left it and went ahead and met a dead end

Failed to set up email ID

Anyone has been successful in adding that email ID. I have the actual email added in Thunderbird to which this email id maps to. Do I need to modify that?

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You can create a dummy account in Thunderbird and configure it so that it uses your gmail SMTP settings. What you did wrong above is that you tried to set up a IMAP/POP/SMTP server for, which are not available.

See more at

If you were to use your Web browser to access GMail, there is an option in Settings/Accounts to add the new identity, and therefore send email as

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The concept you probably want is a Thunderbird "identity". To add an additional identity (such as a different sender email address), edit the account in the account settings window and click the Manage Identities button -- you may have to drag the window up if you're on a low resolution netbook.

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Works perfect for me :) Thanks. – costales Jun 24 '12 at 10:01

What you can do is set up your email account from say, gmail (If that is the one that the email will be sending your mail to...) make sure the account is functioning then go to Tools -> Account Settings -> Email Address -> Put in your email. It will be using your gmail to send the mail it'll just look like its coming from the one. I do it all the time and it works just fine. Sends/Receives like a champ :)

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