Re: A couple quick questions about Thunderbird v3,0
> On Fri, 11 Dec 2009 19:58:10 -0800, Peter Potamus the Purple Hippo
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Andy wrote:
>>> A while back I tried Thunderbird but I didn't like the way it opened a
>>> new window and took another slot on the taskbar for every little
>>> thing, so I uninstalled it and waited. Today I saw v3,0 saying it was
>>> tabbed and I thought cool, I'll try it. Well I set it to use the tab
>>> feature as far as I can tell, but when I open the address book and
>>> click on "Fred" I suddenly have three spots taken on the taskbar:
>>> Thunderbird main, Address book, Fred composition. What am I doing
>>> wrong and how do I make it stop hogging the screen real estate this
>> tabs don't work the way you want them. I think they
>> work with the addon lightning -- a mozilla based calendar.
> OK, I'll try to find lightning.
>> The other way is if you have several mail accounts,
>> then you can look at one account in one tab and another
>> account in another. Or look at the inbox in one tab
>> and the sent in another. Or look at a mail account in
>> one tab, and have several newsgroups in the others.
> Mixing e-mail and newsgroup clients has always boggled my mind, but to
> each his own. I have never used Agent for e-mail, and I will never use
> Thunderbird for newsgroups. Probably :)
>>> And how do I set a theme? That blast of white in total disregard of my
>>> set system preferences is insulting and infuriating, not to mention
>>> literally painful. Programmers who decide to ignore my wishes and
>>> force their glaring white background on my screen would do well to go
>>> to wikipedia and look up photophobia. Don't let the name fool you,
>>> it's not a fear. I'm cruising along in a dimly lit room with my dark
>>> screen preferences and BANG here comes that blast of white like an
>>> airplane landing light in my face and it's not just an inconvenience
>>> and an insult, it hurts, literally, like a punch in the face. How
>>> about some respect, Mozilla?
>>> Then every time I select something different in the main window it
>>> goes to that glaring white screen for a few seconds while it "checks
>>> the mail server's capabilities" ... so I click on Trash, and it goes
>>> online and the modem lights flash for about ten seconds while it
>>> "checks the mail server's capabilities" before it will even show me
>>> the %$#&?! trash folder, or when I click on "Outbox" to look at sent
>>> mail, first it has to blast me with that white screen while it "checks
>>> the mail server's capabilities" as if it needs to know my mail
>>> server's capabilities to show me what is in the outbox, or the trash.
>>> What's up with that and how can it be stopped?
>>> Yes you can tell I'm deeply unhappy with it at first glance, but I
>>> hope there are resolutions to the above three things because without
>>> them I won't be able to proceed any further trying to learn it for
>>> real. I want to but I can't, not while it's aggravating me and causing
>>> me pain. So, any help will be greatly appreciated.
>> as for themes, you'll find it under Tools, Addons, Themes
> Thank you Peter, I'll get looking at those in a minute, but right now
> I really need help with this one thing: Say I set it up so I am:
> Andy Panda <email@example.com>
> I use that for just about everyone I write to, except there's just one
> single destination mail address that I write to where I want my return
> address to show up as:
> Andy Grizzly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Different name, same e-mail address. Let's just say I'm trying to
> impress a girl :) So when I write to Tom, Dick, or Harry, they see
> Panda, but when I write to Lisa, she sees Grizzly. Can this be done
> easily, where Thunderbird senses the recipient and uses a different
> pre-set return address?
> I once had a Thunderbird friend tell me he could set whether or not
> his mail to me came HTML or plain text just based on who he was
> writing to, similar to what I need now. Please help, and thank you!
Click on Tools, Account Settings, select the account
name, and on the bottom right, you should see a button
called Manage Identities. Click on that. You can add
your various identities there. Now, when you send out
a message, you click on the From and select the one you
As for the html/plain text, select all that under each
persons entry in the address book. You should see an
entry for "prefers to receive messages formatted as"
Its in the second section.
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