I'm a new Thunderbird user, I've decided to pick it up after changes in Yahoo Mail (so I'm open to suggestions of other mail clients too).

When I reply to an e-mail, I get the quoted text in a format=flowed style with borders:


If I reply in plain-text mode, I get the reply in the format I want:


(I assume the colors won't be sent and are just "syntax highlighting", right?) but I'd like to keep using HTML for features like inline images.

Is there any way I can get that same style of old-school quotes so I can write in bottom-posting format while still using HTML mode? If there is some template somewhere that I'd have to edit, I'd be ok with having to do that.


There's an official tutorial about that. "Quote colors" extension is no longer useful for newest versions, so one have to edit .css files by himself.

Also i'd also recommend taking a look at the similar question at askubuntu (Thundebird is cross-platform as well as its extensions)

  • I've tried the suggestions at that article - with or without that "Quote Colors" extension (which is actually unsupported for the current version), and I only get the bars to disappear on HTML mode, but not only there's no option to use > instead, also the indentation space remais, for some reason. The AskUbuntu tips helped removing the bar, but seemingly it's not possible to write a template to have > quotes in HTML mode :( +1 though. – Camilo Martin Oct 22 '13 at 22:03
  • Then I'm afraid you have to edit css files by yourself, as it's written in the tutorial. "put the following code in your "userContent.css" and "prefs.js" files, respectively." – Thomas Oct 23 '13 at 6:08
  • That's what I did, and what I meant by "with or without [the extension]". In any case those tips should only help to remove the bar, right? The SmartTemplate and ReFwdFormatter extensions helped with that, but there doesn't seem to be a way to have >-quotes in HTML mode (as opposed to text mode) replies, right? – Camilo Martin Oct 23 '13 at 7:56

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