Posts Tagged ‘thunderbird tips’

How to Recover When Thunderbird is Broken

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Here’s a helpful trick for Thunderbird users …

Yesterday I started noticing a strange issue in the Thunderbird email client. I could open the email client as usual, and mail would be retrieved. I was also able to click on one mailbox and read the mails there. But when I tried to click on another mailbox, or another folder of the same mailbox, nothing would happen. When I restarted the email client, I was again able to click on one mailbox, but not on any other.


Open the Thunderbird Address Book Separately

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Here’s an interesting trick for those who use the Thunderbird email client …

Thunderbird, like any other email program, comes with an address book that contains email addresses and often other information about contacts. The program by default adds all outgoing email contacts automatically to the address book. The address book may contain more information than just the email address and name of the contact. Information may include photos, addresses, work related information and custom notes.


How to Configure Email Filters in Thunderbird

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

To be honest, I don’t have much experience with Thunderbird … but it does seem to have a lot of interesting features.

I use a custom folder structure for all my email accounts in Thunderbird. Part of that structure is powered by message filters that automatically put emails into folders based on selected parameters. I do that to keep my inbox clean and tidy. One example: I do get a lot of status messages and alerts from servers and web hosting accounts. The majority of those are just updates and not really important or time-critical. Another example are important messages from business contacts and companies. I move them to a special folder to divide those important email messages from lesser important emails.


Thunderbird Tip – Make Sure Plug-Ins are Disabled

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Plug-ins can definitely slow a program down sometimes, so why not disable them if you don’t need them?

Firefox and Thunderbird share several components which makes it easier to develop for both applications but can also mean that there are some side effects that are better dealt with. One of those effects are plugins that are automatically loaded in the Thunderbird email client. Plugins? You know, stuff like Google Update, iTunes Application Detector, JAVA or Quicktime are also loaded in Thunderbird with a high probability that they are not used by the user, ever.


How to Start Replies on Top of Quotes in Thunderbird Email Client

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

This is fairly basic, but it’s still helpful to know …

When you reply to an email in the Mozilla Thunderbird email client you are automatically positioned at the very bottom of the quoted email. Users who want to write the reply on top need to scroll up to get there before they can start writing the email. This is especially frustrating if the reply contains several messages already.


Recover or Change Thunderbird Passwords

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Here’s a really cool, useful trick for people who use the Thunderbird email client …

Setting up email accounts in desktop email clients like Thunderbird or Outlook is usually a do and forget type of operation. Once the accounts have been setup they do not need any attendance or maintenance at all, unless the email provider happens to make changes to the system.

Sometimes email account information, such as the username and password, need to be retrieved. A user may want to configure the email provider on another computer, a mobile device like a smartphone or access the email directly if the provider offers webmail as well.