Setting up PopTray/PopTrayU and
Thunderbird for your e-mail account DON'T EVER leave your e-mail client running
all the time, you WILL get infected with malware Read these instructions very carefully. We will
generally refer to PopTray or PopTrayU as PopTray(U).
PopTray v3.2 (for
Wine/Linux) [PopTrayU does
not run well in Wine]
or read about PopTrayU
For the most reliable (and supportable) version of PopTrayU go to this download page
and download v5.0.15.
Do not use the latest version because there are significant interface
and appearance differences.
If you have Thunderbird set up to run at boot time (in the
Programs/Startup area) remove it from there so that it does not
These instructions apply for Thunderbird
A setting in PopTray(U) will automatically place it in the
Programs/Startup area without having to make a shortcut (or drag one)
word about where PopTray(U) gets installed: In XP and earlier: C:\Program
Files\PopTray orC:\Program Files\PopTrayU In
Win7 and later: C:\Program Files (x86)\PopTray orC:\Program Files (x86)\PopTrayU In
Linux/*NIX: ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/PopTray
These areas are where you will place the extensive downloaded Rules.ini file in future. When
you have installed PopTray(U) it will look (something) like this:
Yes, this is Win7, but with ClassicShell and Firefox set in
modes as though it was Windows 2000
Note the height and width of the window, positioned so that information
from the status bar of Firefox is visible. Also, the width of the
Now press Accounts and set up your first account (you can have many)
Fields. Name: just a name you make up yourself
Server: the server name given by your provider [typically pop.xxxx.com]
Login: the actual account name on the server [NOT your e-mail address]
Password: the password on the server
E-Mail Program: enter the path to your e-mail program [e.g. Thunderbird]
Sound: You can change from the default by setting a .wav file
Work your way through the next options and tick the boxes exactly as
Paths for Windows 7 are shown here Set a startup wait so that your
network activity isn't too high as your machine boots
Set like this so you can easily
minimise to the tray
Setting Rules using PopTray(U) without rules is
pretty meaningless, so let's show how to set some You can have many, many rules
and they are best subdivided into general themes. Just check that
'Enabled' is on and that 'Delete from server' is on.
It takes years to build a reliable set of rules and you won't find
(m)any out there, except our very own Rules.ini.
I've never used the Import Rules button. Just download Rules.ini into
the directory where PopTray(U) is and then close and restart PopTray
(new rules won't be used until a re-start anyway).
Rules.ini file last updated:Saturday, 18-Feb-2017 05:46:42 PST
So, e-mail comes in and PopTray(U) shows it in the tray. You can now
delete anything that looks suspicious without opening it, so that when
you do start Thunderbird with the 'Run E-Mail Client' button you won't
get nasty surprises! We'll deal with Thunderbird
First set it so that the Main Menu
bar and Mail toolbars can be seen (without using the silly 'hamburger'
Use Tools/Add-ons to get to this page. ONLY ADD by using the official Mozilla page. You'll want to add some Extensions
(page 1). You may want to omit Enigmail unless you can cope
with setting up GNuPG for encryption.
.....more Extensions (page 2)
Use Tools/Account settings to go here
Then select Server Settings under
Finally, set the SMTP Server
settings. If port no. 25 doesn't work, try port 587 (Verizon and some
others use this for 'security')