Display Picture Attachment Slideshows In Thunderbird

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 9, 2012
Updated • Apr 8, 2012
Email, Image, Thunderbird

While it is possible to open single picture attachments right away in the Thunderbird desktop email client, it becomes bit of  an issue if you receive dozens of images attached to an email. While you could open them manually one by one, you'd probably prefer a faster option that's more comfortable to use. Some Thunderbird users help themselves by saving all images to their location system to open them in their standard image viewer. These programs usually come with options to display all images as a slideshow or at least in rapid succession.


Slideshow for Thunderbird is a free extension for the email client that offers another alternative. It basically adds a slideshow module to Thunderbird that users can make use of to view all picture attachments of individual emails at once.

The extension requires a restart of the email client after installation before it can be used. Once done, you will notice a new icon next to the Save All option in an email's attachment listing. When you click on the icon, a slideshow is opened in a new window on the screen.


The slideshow lists the number of pictures and the current picture's name in the title. Controls are displayed at the bottom which you can use to go back and forth in the slideshow (or the left and right cursor keys if you prefer using the keybord). The slideshow window can be resized with the mouse, or with a click on the zoom to window, fullscreen or zoom to original picture size buttons. It is alternatively possible to zoom in or out of an image, save individual or all images, or rotate images.


The Slideshow extension for Thunderbird improves the handling of picture attachments in the email client. While it is not offering the functionality that image viewer slideshows offer, it offers more than enough in terms of functionality to make it an interesting option for users who regularly receive picture attachments in the email program.


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  1. Ken Saunders said on January 27, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I read your article for JPEG & PNG Stripper (tried the program), and that seems to work pretty well.

    I don’t use (as far as I know) any of CNET’s sites or services any longer.

    Metability Software’s website >
    Metability ® QuickFix for Microsoft Windows® ( previously known as FileMind® QuickFix)

    I downloaded it, but I haven’t installed it.

    Thanks for the info and article.
    See, I don’t just come here for the Firefox content.

    One more thing, I like being logged in here and not having to fill in info to comment. :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      The reason why I did not post the site link directly was that Bitdefender blocked the site for me. That’s also the reason why I wrote today’s second article, ha ;)

      1. Ken Saunders said on January 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm


  2. GK said on January 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I use Imagemagick’s Mogrify from the command line.

  3. Design Instinct said on January 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Photo Demon is a cool portable image editor/batch processor. It has a default setting in options to strip some or all of the EXIF data. Once set, you don’t have to remember to strip your data each time.


    Version 6.2 is coming out soon. You can test out the beta. He’s getting rid of the MDI interface.
    Also going to be fixing a bug with high DPI mice. 6.2 crashed on me due to this.

    6.0 is rock solid though. Very nice program.

    Martin, you may want to review it.

  4. ozone333 said on February 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    The download link from CNET only provides a stub installer. The way I used to get the actual file without the stub installer was to go to http://www.metabilitysoftware.com/products/metability-quickfix.html .

  5. webfork said on May 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    FileOptimizer also zaps JPEG and PNG metadata: https://www.ghacks.net/2012/09/04/reduce-file-sizes-without-quality-loss-with-file-optimizer/ … as well as cutting down dramatically on file size.

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