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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How to Install and Use another Language in the Dictionary on Thunderbird How to install and use additional language dictionaries on Thunderbird.
  • 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.
  • How to Customize the New Mail Sound A how-to article on customizing the sound that plays when a new email message is downloaded.
  • 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.
  • Configuration Options for Tags This page describes Thunderbird's configuration options as they relate to tagging messages.
  • Menu Reference TB This menu reference describes each menu item in the main Mozilla Thunderbird window.
  • 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"?
  • 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.
  • 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.