How to Uninstall Mozilla Thunderbird

by Chris Yokum

There may come a time when you want to take the Mozilla Thunderbird application off your computer. If it starts operating strangely or you need more features than it can give you, consider freeing up some of your computer space by removing it.

Press the "Start" button located at the bottom left of your Windows computer system. A list of settings will be instantly shown to you. From the displayed options, select the "Control Panel" link to access more settings.

View the list of "Control Panel" options and choose the "Uninstall a Program" link in the "Programs" section. If your computer system is already set to "Classic View," you'll need to pick the "Programs and Features" link to gain access to the necessary section of commands.

Wait for a few seconds until the currently installed programs appear for you to view. Depending on the number of applications you have added to your computer system, it may take extra time for everything to load up within your current window. Browse through your applications and search for the Mozilla Thunderbird program.

Click the sorting feature at the top of the list by choosing "Name," "Publisher," or "Install Date." To make this process easier, sort the list by "Name" and you'll be able to quickly find Mozilla Thunderbird in it. Highlight the application and select the "Uninstall" button located at the top of the page. After a few minutes, the main part of the program will be taken off your computer system.

Eliminate any stored email messages, add-ons, or extensions as well. Usually, this extra data is stored in a profile folder on your computer system. For Windows XP, you'll need to follow the pathway of "Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application Data\Thunderbird." If you're using Windows Vista, visit "Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird." Delete the entire folder once it has been found.

Open your computer's "Recycle Bin" to empty the recently deleted file. If there are other deleted files in this area, this would be a good time to get rid of them as well. Reboot your computer system by selecting the "Restart" option in the "Start" area. As soon as your computer is fully functional again, the Mozilla Thunderbird application will be completely uninstalled.

About the Author

Chris Yokum has been writing for various websites for several years. Some of her favorite topics include computers, gadgets, personal finance and technology. She also enjoys researching and learning about new topics on a daily basis. Sharing knowledge with others helps Yokum fulfill her goals as a writer.