In thunderbird, I would like to intersperse my answers within the body of the message I am responding to, with all my new text appearing in some other color. I only know a very tedious way of doing that. Any suggestions?

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How do I reply in-line in a new colour?

I would like to intersperse my answers within the body of the message I am responding to, with all my new text appearing in some other color

You can use the Formatting Bar.

The Quote Colors 0.3 addon allows the colour of quoted text to be configured (but this appears to be only for reading emails).

How do I change the reply colour using the Formatting Bar?

  • Make sure the Formatting Bar is displayed.

    View > Toolbars > Formatting Bar

  • Click on the foreground font colour button, select a color, and press OK.

    The foreground font colour button is the black area shown by the read arrow:

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  • The selected colour will be used when you start typing your reply.

What is the Quote Colors addon?

Quote Colors is an add-on for Thunderbird and the mail & newsgroup client of SeaMonkey.

It allows you to assign text and background colors to different quote levels which are applied when reading or printing mail/news messages. Five quote levels can be configured with distinct colors. You can choose between two quoting display modes: graphical quoting with colored bars around quoted paragraphs (default), and traditional plain text quoting where each quoted line starts with one or more ">" characters. In graphical quoting, the color, position and style of the bars is adjustable.

Additionally, this add-on enables you to set up some basic message display options such as text, background, link and signature colors.

Source Quote Colors 0.3

  • I find the formatting procedure you described cumbersome for interspersing responses in a detailed email. - - Apparently Quot Colors is not compatible with my version of Thunderbird, 31.5.0. (The most up-to-date version is 38.1.0 but I like to let the dust settle a little before I update.) Jul 19, 2015 at 14:41
  • @aparente001 Is this addon any better Color Text Compose Buttons 3.3.0?
    – DavidPostill
    Jul 19, 2015 at 14:51
  • It's one click to select a color ...
    – DavidPostill
    Jul 19, 2015 at 14:51
  • thanks for the suggestion also; I have used that on a different computer that is running an older version of Thunderbird. But now either I'm doing something wrong or it's not compatible with this version. I have done Customize but can't find the icon to drag. Jul 19, 2015 at 16:56
  • I got it to work on the second computer. Jul 25, 2015 at 14:41

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