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When reading an email, the ESC key can be used to close the window. This doesn't work when you're composing an email. Is there any way to do this? This happened in T-Bird 2.x, as well, but I'm looking for a 3.0 solution.

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This is for Ubuntu, BTW. Sorry I failed to mention that..... – Joe Casadonte Dec 28 '09 at 21:43
ESC closed a new mail window in thunderbird 2 ? I am not sure I believe that. Control+W or Alt+F4 will close the window. 1 more key, but less reach than esc anyway. – Chris Sep 1 '10 at 12:01
No, ESC failed to close a new window in 2.0 as well, but I am looking for a 3.0 solution (3.0 was new when I made this post). – Joe Casadonte Sep 1 '10 at 14:38
@studiohack - why do you keep editing my posts and deleting my "Thanks"? I find it rude. – Joe Casadonte Sep 1 '11 at 0:33
@JoeCasadonte hello/thanks/regards/etc are discouraged here, I edit it out of just about everything I see, its not you. – studiohack Sep 1 '11 at 4:16

use ALT + F4 instead. works for both, messages opened in new windows and indeed the 'write mail' window.

if you want a single key, you can of course remap ALT + F4 (globally) with Keymapper to any other key. however, i wouldn't recommend ESC for various reasons, i'm using Pause instead (which has an unwanted impact on NumLock but there's a work around).

Keymapper is open source freeware.

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