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Format of quoted original message in reply emails

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I recently migrated from Windows Live Mail to Thunderbird and don't like the way the quoted original message in reply emails is formatted in Thunderbird. I would prefer that the quoted original message in the reply not be indented. I have looked through Thunderbird's Options and Account Settings and couldn't find anything that turns indenting off. Is anyone aware of how to turn indenting of original messages in replies off?

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Install ReplyWithHeader and check the box 'Cleanup only new quote character' in the add-on's options (Tools/Add-on Options); see picture.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/installing-addon-thunderbird

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Install ReplyWithHeader and check the box 'Cleanup only new quote character' in the add-on's options (Tools/Add-on Options); see picture.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/installing-addon-thunderbird

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Thanks for your reply. I installed ReplyWithHeader as you described, but it doesn't seem to be working. I couldn't figure out how to get to the screen in your picture. I looked in the T-bird Options Tab, Account Settings Tab, and Add-ons Manager Tab. The Add-ons Manager Tab shows ReplyWithHeader installed and enabled. In Add-on Manager, clicking on the gear symbol or the thee dots (···) did not offer a configuration menu for this add-on. The Debugging Tab shows no error messages. I am running T-bird 78.3.2 on Windows 10 Professional. Do I need to look in some other location to configure the ReplyWithHeader add-on?

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It's under Tools/Add-on Options on the Menu Bar; press Alt if the Menu Bar is hidden.

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Thanks! If you hadn't pointed me in the right direction I would have never found it as my Menu Bar is hidden.

In the Misc tab of RWH properties, I only had to check the 'Cleanup only new quote character' setting. The other two were already checked by default. If I hadn't checked that additional setting, would RWH have deleted '>' characters even if they were an intended part of the sender's message?

I have TB set to automatically update when new versions become available. Should I disable that to prevent TB updates from occurring before a compatible update for RWH becomes available?

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I would test different settings to confirm their meaning; settings take effect without restarting TB.

I think you're safe with automatic updates on the 78 branch, as far as add-ons remaining compatible, at least until the next major release in 2021. But it doesn't hurt to set updates to 'Check for updates..' to allow for confirmation of add-on compatibility.

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Thank you so much for your help. The ReplyWithHeader add-on works great! It allows TB to mimic the behavior of Outlook or Windows Live Mail. Mozilla should consider making it a built-in feature of TB.