Customize controls, options and add-ons

  • Thunderbird controls and buttons Learn all about Thunderbird controls and functionality.
  • Signatures This article explains how to create and use custom signatures (text or images that are automatically appended to messages).
  • Open Search The first entry in the Thunderbird Tips series, this article explains how to use Open Search to search various websites for words or phrases contained in email messages.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Installing an Add-on in Thunderbird How to Install Add-on Extension
  • Using Multiple Profiles Thunderbird saves personal information such as messages, passwords and user preferences in a "profile". This article describes how to use multiple profiles.
  • How to Install and Use another Language in the Dictionary on Thunderbird How to install and use additional language dictionaries on Thunderbird.
  • How to Customize the New Mail Sound Learn how to customize the sound that plays when a new email message is received.
  • 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"?
  • Hyperlinks in Messages Not Working When clicking hyperlinks in email, your default web browser should open and display their content. Learn why that may fail and why links may not be clickable.
  • 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.
  • How to Customize Toolbars This article explains how to customize the position and contents of Thunderbird toolbars.
  • Add-Ons and Extensions FAQ Add-ons are extensions and other additions that add new functionality to Thunderbird or change its appearance.
  • Configuration Options for Tags This page describes Thunderbird's configuration options as they relate to tagging messages.
  • ISP Database Thunderbird uses automatic configuration of the connection to mail servers. This article shows how to add ISP configuration data to the database.
  • 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.
  • Menu Reference TB This menu reference describes each menu item in the main Mozilla Thunderbird window.