Thunderbird, like most other email clients, hides passwords by default but gives you the option to display them in the password manager. This is similar to how the Firefox web browser handles saved passwords. Here is the way to Change Thunderbird Password.
- Open the Thunderbird email client. We use the 3.1 branches in this guide but it works in all newer versions of the program as well.
- Click Tools> Options, and switch to Security> Password.
- Click on the Saved Passwords button. This displays a list of all email accounts with saved passwords, and you may find other accounts listed here as well. This list may contain old email accounts that are no longer in use. It can be removed by the user by selecting it first and hitting the delete button afterward.
- All email account passwords stored on Thunderbird can be displayed by clicking Show Password which you need to confirm when a prompt appears. The same list shows usernames, and sites (i.e. email providers) as well.
- To change a password, simply select the email account that needs to be changed and click the Remove button. Next time Thunderbird tries to retrieve an email from a deleted account, it will ask for a password for that account. Note that changing the password only applies to the saved password, the actual email account password can only be changed on the provider's website.
- Right-clicking on the account brings up the option to copy the username or password so you can paste it elsewhere.