Thunderbird - Changing the Stored Password

This document describes how to remove the stored password from Thunderbird and enter a new one. Follow these steps if you have recently changed or reset your WiscMail or WiscMail Plus email account password, and you use Thunderbird to save your email account passwords.

Note: These steps will not change the password to your email account, only the password that has been saved in Thunderbird. To change a WiscMail email account password, see the Reset NetID Password section of NetID - Modifying your Account. To change a WiscMail Plus email account password, see WiscMail Plus - Changing Account Password.

  1. Open Thunderbird.

    • On a Windows machine, go to Tools, then Options.
    • If using a Mac, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...
    Win: Go to Tools, then Options. Mac: Go to Firefox, then Preferences.

  2. Click the Security button, and go to the Passwords tab. Click Saved Passwords....

    Go to Security, Passwords, then click Saved Passwords...

  3. Click Show Passwords. You may be prompted for the master password.

    Click Show Passwords.

  4. A box will appear that says Are you sure you wish to show your passwords? Press Yes.

    Press Yes.

  5. If you have opted to save both your incoming (imap://) and outgoing (smtp://) mail server password in Thunderbird, you will see them listed separately even though they are technically the same password, as shown below. To change a stored password, highlight it and press Remove.

    • Note: If you are removing saved passwords because you have changed your NetID account password, you will need to delete both in order to send and receive mail.

    Press Remove.

  6. Close all windows and quit Thunderbird.

  7. Reopen Thunderbird.

  8. Thunderbird will attempt to check the incoming server for new mail, at which point it will prompt you for a new password (provided you deleted the incoming server password). Enter the new password and check Use Password Manager to remember this password. Press OK.

    If you deleted your outgoing server password, you will be prompted to re-enter your password the first time you try to send a message from your account.

  9. Check the box and press OK.




Keywords: thunderbird change new password prompt wiscmail wisc mail plus email client mac os x windows saved remove delete pwd   Doc ID: 19006
Owner: Leah S.Group: DoIT Help Desk
Created: 2011-06-29 19:00 CDTUpdated: 2013-07-24 15:15 CDT
Sites: DoIT Help Desk, WiscMail