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How can I make it more prominent that there is an attachment with a message?

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Too often I miss that there is an attachment with a message. How can I make the symbol bigger? red? or maybe set an alert to pop up when I close a message without clicking on the attachment?

Of course, if everyone would say "see attached" that would help, but they don't.

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If you right-click the attachments pane, enable 'Initially Show Attachment Pane'.

You can also make the attachment pane much larger by creating a userChrome.css file suggested here. Make a folder named chrome in the profile folder and store a text file there, userChrome.css, that looks like this: @namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

/* Attachment pane at bottom of message window */

#attachmentView {
  -moz-appearance: none !important;
  height: 200px !important;
  min-height: 200px !important;
  overflow: auto !important; }

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Assuming you already have the Attachments column enabled to show the small paperclip icon, you could click the Attachment button on the Quick Filter Bar to show only those messages with attachments. Or, create a filter that applies a Tag (with the built-in or a custom tag) when the Size of a message is greater than X KB. It shouldn't be hard to find a value for X since most attachments are much bigger than most messages with none.

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I do have the attachments column showing, but the paperclip symbol just doesn't stand out enough. I just tried your filter idea, and it kinda works, except I do have messages with attachments as small as 10k, and other messages without attachments as large as 2megs. So size isn't really going to be an indicator. Too bad the filter doesn't give "has an attachment" as one of the choices.

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Some other (inferior) steps to try: make sure the attachment pane at the bottom of the message in the Message Pane or in a tab or window is expanded by default; display the messages with attachments using the Quick Filter Bar, then apply a tag to make them stand out, or better, move them to a subfolder named e.g. Have Attachments.

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Ohhh your first idea would help a lot, but I don't see how to set my preferences to expand the attachments panel by default. I can expand the panel by clicking the triangle, but if I don't notice it, well, that's my problem. It's a small line of type at the bottom of my window and easily missed.

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Chosen Solution

If you right-click the attachments pane, enable 'Initially Show Attachment Pane'.

You can also make the attachment pane much larger by creating a userChrome.css file suggested here. Make a folder named chrome in the profile folder and store a text file there, userChrome.css, that looks like this: @namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

/* Attachment pane at bottom of message window */

#attachmentView {
  -moz-appearance: none !important;
  height: 200px !important;
  min-height: 200px !important;
  overflow: auto !important; }

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Yay! I did both those things (set the attachments pane to always be in the open position, and made the css file and put it in my library). They both work and now I surely won't miss seeing an attachment. THANK YOU!