Customize controls, options and add-ons

  • Thunderbird controls and buttons Learn all about Thunderbird controls and functionality.
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  • Customize Thunderbird with add-ons, plugins, and extensions
  • Thunderbird options, preferences and settings
  • Ignoring threads The Ignore Thread (or Subthread) feature in Thunderbird is especially useful for mailing lists. It lets you skip reading the rest of a conversation you're not really interested in following, while still being able to keep up with all the other conversations.
  • New Email Address This article explains how you can subscribe to a personalize email address with Thunderbird.
  • Signatures This article explains how to create and use custom signatures (text or images that are automatically appended to messages).
  • Profiles TB Thunderbird saves personal information such as messages, passwords and user preferences in a set of files called a "profile".
  • Using Multiple Profiles As described in the Profiles article, Thunderbird saves personal information such as messages, passwords and user preferences in a set of files called a "profile", which is stored in a separate location from the Thunderbird program files.
  • Installing Lightning into Thunderbird This article explains how to install Lightning into Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • Organize Your Messages by Using Filters What message filters are and how to use them effectively.
  • Reply Above or Below Quoted Text The setting that controls whether your reply is above the quote ("top posting") or below the quote ("bottom posting") is a per account setting in Thunderbird. Today, "top posting" is often considered normal in business and personal mail. Thunderbird defaults to "bottom posting" which is the norm for older Internet communities and most older email communities.
  • How to use a Virtual Card (vCard) This article explains how you can use a virtual card (vCard) in Thunderbird.
  • Instant Messaging and Chat As of Thunderbird 15, Thunderbird supports instant messaging and chat using IRC, Facebook, XMPP, Twitter, and Google Talk
  • Keyboard Shortcuts TB Keyboard shortcuts are quick key combinations that replace mouse navigation. For example, rather than using the mouse to navigate the menu structure to archive a message, you can simply strike the "A" key while a message is highlighted in the message list.
  • How to Install and Use another Language in the Dictionary on Thunderbird How to install and use additional language dictionaries on Thunderbird.
  • Hyperlinks in Messages Not Working When you click a hyperlink in a message, your system's default web browser should open (if it is not already running) and display the link. If that doesn't happen, there are several possible causes (explained in this article). This article also explains why links are not clickable when composing email
  • How to Customize Toolbars This article explains how to customize the position and contents of Thunderbird toolbars.
  • Recalling an Email Email has no option to recall messages once they are sent. This is a limitation of the email protocols. Some email clients provide the ability to delay sending a message, and to cancel a message before it is sent.
  • Message List Columns When Thunderbird shows a list of messages, it displays a set of columns that contain attributes of each message, such as the message subject, date, etc. This article explains how to configure the columns.
  • Quick Filter Toolbar The Quick Filter toolbar is used to limit the number of messages that are displayed in the message list. The toolbar is displayed above every list of messages (for example, the list that is displayed when you are looking at your Inbox; the list that is displayed after your perform a Global Search and select "Open as list"; etc).
  • How to Customize the New Mail Sound A how-to article on customizing the sound that plays when a new email message is downloaded.
  • Customizing the Start Page By default, when Thunderbird is launched it displays a predefined "start page" in the Message Pane. You can customize the page that displays when Thunderbird starts up, or disable the start page altogether.
  • Display name in message list and message pane The Thunderbird address book can store a "display name" for each contact. When an email address is added to the address book, if the message contains a name associated with the email address, that information is added to the address book. (You can also manually add a display name for a contact in the address book.)
  • How to Subscribe to News Feeds and Blogs An introduction to RSS feeds, and instructions on how to use them in Thunderbird.
  • Lightning User Interface This article describes the Lightning user interface. (Lightning is a popular calendar add-on for Thunderbird.)
  • Menu Reference TB This menu reference describes each menu item in the main Mozilla Thunderbird window.
  • ISP Configuration Settings Each Internet Service Provider has a different set of configuration parameters for connecting to their email servers. A few of the most common connection scenarios are described in the pages accessed via the following links. The ISPs' websites and help pages are, however, the best source of connection information.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts for Searching This page describes the keystroke combinations used to access various search functions in Thunderbird.
  • Add-Ons and Extensions FAQ Add-ons are extensions and other additions that add new functionality to Thunderbird or change its appearance. Thunderbird has an open, extensible design and program architecture. This enables people to create "add-ons" to Thunderbird.
  • Names but no Email Addresses are Displayed I can only see the message sender's name, not address! And why is Thunderbird calling me "You"?
  • Message Tabs Message tabs is a new feature in Thunderbird 3 that enables messages, folders, search results and even some web content to be displayed in tabs within a single Thunderbird window. Similar to Firefox's tabbed browsing, multiple messages can be displayed without opening multiple Thunderbird message windows.
  • Creating a Newsgroup Account Thunderbird can be used to read messages from and write messages to Usenet newsgroups. (These newsgroups are different from general discussion forums or email distribution lists because they transmit messages via the NNTP protocol.
  • Global Search Thunderbird includes a new message indexing and search system called "Gloda", which is short for "Global database". It improves search performance, provides sophisticated full-text search capabilities and displays faceted (categorized) search results.
  • ISP Database Thunderbird version 3 tries to make things easier for users by enabling automatic configuration of the connection to their mail servers. Users provide their email account, user name and password, and then Thunderbird queries a database to find connection information for incoming and outgoing mail servers. This page gives instruction on how to add Internet Service Provider (ISP) configuration data to the database. It also describes the security mechanisms that prevent malicious entries in the ISP database that could put users at risk.