Matthew J. Miller’s HOWTOs: Backing Up Gmail with Thunderbird Using IMAP

Matthew J. Miller’s HOWTOs: Backing Up Gmail with Thunderbird Using IMAP: “HOWTO
Follow these instructions to configure Thunderbird for Gmail IMAP. Use these recommended settings.
Familiarize yourself with how Thunderbird actions will synchonize with Gmail. One thing in particular to note:
IMAP translates labels with a forward slash (/) into a folder hierarchy like you see in your computer’s file system. If you have a label such as ‘Family/Friends,’ you may want to reconsider your naming schemes because your IMAP client will display it as a folder named ‘Family’ with a subfolder named ‘Friends.'”

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