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Change the default sorting order in Thunderbird

Thunderbird (2.something here as 3 is still not stable and had some nasty bugs last I tried) sorts mails by date by default. This is fine, however, it sorts them so that the newest ones are at the ...
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Why are there directories called Local, LocalLow, and Roaming under \Users\<username>\AppData?

I have a workstation running Windows Server 2008 that's logged into an AD domain, and I have a dual boot with Ubuntu Linux. When running Linux, I'd like to be able to use the same Thunderbird profile ...
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Why is the size of my email about a third bigger than the size of its attached files?

When attaching data to my emails, I noticed that Thunderbird calculates the total size of the resulting email as much bigger than the files I attached. Here's a recent example: two images, one at ...
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How can I force Thunderbird to reload IMAP folder structure

Whenever I create a new label in my Gmail account, this creates a new IMAP folder. Sadly, that new folder does not show up in Thunderbird unless I restart Thunderbird. This is not specific to Gmail. ...
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Tell Thunderbird not to truncate or wrap lines when sending email

When I compose and send an email (I always write plain-text emails) in Thunderbird, it always truncates my sentences and adds line breaks in the middle of my sentences. How do I turn this feature ...
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Can Mozilla Thunderbird show sent replies in threaded view?

I would like for Thunderbird to show replies to threaded messages in with the received messages. Is this possible, even with an extension? The desired behavior would be something like how Zimbra's ...
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Why does Google call Thunderbird “less secure”?

I've never had problems using Gmail with Thunderbird yet, but while trying to use a free software client for Google Talk/Chat/Hangout I've discovered that, according to Google's document on "less ...
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How do I get Thunderbird to open an ICS attachment directly in Lightning's calendar?

I'm using Mozilla Thunderbird 9.0.1 with Lightning 1.1.1. Is there an easier way to import an ICS file attached to an email than saving it to disk, then in Calendar going to File --> Open? If I ...
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How can I change the default encoding type Thunderbird uses when composing a new email?

Whenever I compose a new email message in Thunderbird, it defaults to the Western (ISO-8859-1) encoding, and I have to manually change it to UTF-8 every time. How do I change the default?
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How can I get Thunderbird to check subfolders on IMAP?

I have Thunderbird set up to use my Gmail account through IMAP. All works well and good, except for one problem: I have a group of gmail mail filters set up to redirect mail into different labels ...
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How to manually insert signature in Thunderbird? (impossible?)

How can I manually insert a signature in Thunderbird when I am busy composing an email? I don't find the option/action in any of the menus (specifically not under Insert, as I would expect). (Note: I ...
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How to remove addresses from Thunderbird's autocomplete drop-down?

When Thunderbird suggests email addresses for me as I type, there are many addresses there that I know are obsolete. How can I permanently remove them so they are never suggested to me again?
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Adding more than three recipients to an email in Thunderbird

How do I add more than three (3) recipients to an email in Thunderbird? I can't imagine that 3 is the maximum number.
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What does it mean to “subscribe” to an IMAP folder?

I'm using Thunderbird with Gmail IMAP and there's this "Subscribe" option for folders. What does that mean?
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How to copy all email addresses from an email in Thunderbird

Is there a way to automatically copy all the email addresses from an email's To, Cc, Bcc headers etc in Thunderbird? I am currently right clicking and doing "Copy Email Address" for each one but this ...
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How can I customize keyboard shortcuts in Thunderbird?

I would love to get hjkl movement and some other vim-like keybindings, like / for search, if possible. I'm aware of Dactyl's thunderbird project, but it looks like it's in alpha. Similarly, Mutterator ...
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How to disable thunderbird notification

I run Ubuntu Hardy and Thunderbird version 2.0.0.23 (not tagging for linux/ubuntu since I think is a Thunderbird thing, but you can re-tag if appropriate). I am really tired of the email ...
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Thunderbird “undo send” feature (like in Gmail)?

I was wondering if there exists a thunderbird addon that gives similar functionality as Google's "undo send" feature? This basically just delays the sent message for a few seconds allowing the user ...
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How can I force Thunderbird to download all emails by IMAP?

I just created a new Thunderbird profile. Unfortunately Thunderbird only downloads recent messages. I need to get all my messages and subfolders. Any idea?
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Changing the From address in Thunderbird

I subscribed to a mailing list under a forwarding e-mail address. But Thunderbird sends mails from my real address (a GMail account). I tried to send my first message to the list today, but it got ...
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Configure Thunderbird to never send (or even try to send) HTML emails

Where can I tell Thunderbird always to send emails as plain-text, and never as HTML-formatted messages? I hate HTML-based email, and always do everything possible to send my emails as plain text. ...
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Thunderbird: export email account settings

I'd like to create a new profile for Thunderbird using the same mail accounts I already configured in my old profile. As it is quite a number of accounts, it would be great to have a way to export/...
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How do I synchronize Thunderbird tags with Gmail labels?

I have Thunderbird connecting to a Gmail account via IMAP, so Gmail labels show up as folders in Thunderbird. Moving items to folders in Thunderbird causes labels to be applied in Gmail. However, ...
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Send a single HTML email from Thunderbird, overriding the default “plain text” setting

I do not like HTML emails. Because of that, I've set my Thunderbird to compose emails as plain text. But, in some rare cases, I have to send an HTML email, e.g.: Hi Your Majesty, the button you ...
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How to Export Thunderbird Mail Accounts?

I have about 5 email accounts (of different people) backed up on my computer using Thunderbird. I need to be able to somehow send a zip file (or anyother format) to these users so that the file ...
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How can I view the HTML of a Thunderbird e-mail?

I am writing an e-mail in Thunderbird, formatting it with bold, italic, bullets, etc. When I am finished, I would like to copy the HTML to my blog. I tried the Edit HTML Source Add-On but it "is not ...
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HTML or rich e-mails do not work with Enigmal in Thunderbird

I would like to be able to receive HTML/rich e-mails, but since I installed Enigmail for Thunderbird, this has not been possible. All e-mails are shown as plain text or not shown at all. This has some ...
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How to save all images embedded in email in Thunderbird?

In Thunderbird, how to save all images embedded (multipart/related MIME format) in email in one turn?
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Thunderbird : Compose in HTML temporarily instead of plain text

Is there a way to allow HTML composition temporarily, while the account settings has been configured as plain text ? On google, couple of things turned up: Holding down the shift key while clicking ...
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Prevent Thunderbird from trying to display large plain text attachments

I have a coworker who loves sending large plain-text tab-delimited data files by e-mail instead of our network share. The problem is that Thunderbird hangs while it renders all of that text into the ...
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Thunderbird 3 “Reply to all”, also replies to myself

I have my job IMAP account set up in TB 3.0.3. It's becoming very annoying that in group emails where I'm in the CC or TO list I hit "Reply To All" and I find myself in the recipients list. So when ...
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Cannot dismiss certain reminders in lightning/thunderbird

I'm using Thunderbird's Lightning addon to manage my calendars. I've been running into an issue where certain calendar events simply refuse to be dismissed for several days. They usually end up ...
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How can I force Thunderbird to re-download a corrupted message from the IMAP server?

I have a mail message that is corrupted in Thunderbird, but correct on the IMAP server (which is Gmail). Is it possible for me to tell Thunderbird to discard its copy and re-download it from the ...
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How do I set Thunderbird to notify me of new emails in only certain folders?

I use Gmail with Thunderbird, which is working great, except for the part where I get a new email. It shows me the new email twice when notifying because it appears in both the inbox and All Mail ...
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How to get Thunderbird to nicely format Markdown?

I like Thunderbird for my email along with plain text. I disabled HTML emails and generally write most of my stuff in markdown anyway. So I'm looking for a way, to get Thunderbird to display markdown ...
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Hide tasks for some (subscribed) calendars in Thunderbird/Lightning

At work I subscribed all my colleagues' calendars to be able to see their appointments and free times for scheduling purposes. But every time I show one of these calendars, Lightning will also show ...
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Google two factor authentication rejects login from Thunderbird

Since I turned on the two-factor login in googlemail, I cannot login from Thunderbird anymore. (Before it was all fine.) What do I have to change in Thunderbird?
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Reorder email accounts in Thunderbird

If you have more email accounts in Thunderbird, the accounts are shown in the order of creation. Now I added a new account and it is shown at the bottom of the list. How do I change the order of my ...
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How do I setup Thunderbird to not store email data locally?

I'd like to use Thunderbird as strictly a frontend interface for Gmail. I don't want any offline availability or anything like that. Is there a way to setup Thunderbird to not store any of the email ...
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Is there a simple way to synchronize Thunderbird across machines?

I love Firefox Sync. Is there a similar way to synchronise Thunderbird? I want to synchronise account settings, filters and address books. I never download e-mails, so this isn't an issue. There is ...
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Removing duplicate emails in Thunderbird

I need to stop the duplicate mail (which is already in my mail box) in Thunderbird or any mail box. Are there any filters for this?
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Can Thunderbird wrap long lines of received html mails?

I often get e-mails (*1) in HTML format where the lines are longer than the window width of Thunderbird and often even longer than my screen width. In order to read theses messages I have to scroll ...
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How to get Thunderbird to archive messages automatically

I want Thunderbird 3.1.1 to automatically move old messages to archive. The definition of "old" should vary by folder. E.g., messages in the "Meeting minutes" folder should get archived after 7 days, ...
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Change the format of the date column in Thunderbird

I want to change the format of the "Date"-column in the message list in Thunderbird. For mails from today, I want to display only the time, not the date. For mails from before today, I want to ...
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How to stop smiley in Thunderbird showing up as a J?

In Thunderbird 3, when I receive a message with a smiley using the "Original HTML" or "Simplified HTML" viewing option, it appears like this: That is … J. However, if I view the message as "Plain ...
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What is this red X icon showing in Thunderbird?

I just noticed this icon I have never seen before in Thunderbird and I am wondering what it is: Hovering over it doesn't tell me anything. Can anyone provide any insight?
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Sync a single Google Calendar with CalDav

At work we use Mozilla Thunderbird with Lightning plugin to manage our calendar, and I want to sync with my Google Calendar account. The problem is that in my Google Calendar account, I have 3 ...
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Public/Private key locations with Enigmail and Thunderbird on Windows

Sorry if this is a simple answered question, I just cannot find what I'm looking for. I'd like to find the location of my public/private key combinations on my Windows machine that I made through ...
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Use Google Tasks in Thunderbird?

I'm using the GDataProvider along with Lightning to access my Google Calendar from Thunderbird. However I'd also like to have access to my Google Tasks as well. Does anybody know if this is possible ...
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Modern vertical layout for Thunderbird?

It's weird that I haven't been able to find relevant information anywhere. Basically what I want is a modern vertical layout for the inbox of Thunderbird. That is to say, the message sender and ...

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