A look at some of the changes in Thunderbird 78
The team behind the desktop email client Thunderbird has released version 78.0 of the program officially today. The new version introduces major changes and is only offered as a direct download at the time of writing and not as an in-client upgrade.
The team advises users to stay on the previous version if they run Enigmail. It notes as well that Thunderbird 78 supports only MailExtensions, and that any extension not updated by its developer will not work in the new version of Thunderbird.
Last but not least, OpenPGP functionality is not enabled by default as it is still a work in progress.
Now the good news: Thunderbird 78 comes with several new features and improvements that will improve the productivity of users of the client. In this article, I'm going to highlight some of these to you.
Improvement 1: Multiple Email Addresses per field
Previous versions of Thunderbird support one email address per field in the to, cc, and bcc fields. Means: if you send an email to several recipients, you need to create fields for each of them as you cannot just add multiple to the same line.
Thunderbird 78 supports adding multiple recipients to each of the recipient fields so that you don't need to resize the interface constantly to fit all email addresses on the screen and have enough space to write the message.
Downside to this is that there is no option to create multiple to, cc, or bcc fields, but Thunderbird expands the height of any field should you reach the end of the line.
Improvement 2: Add a splash of color to folders
The new version of Thunderbird includes an option to change the default color of folders in the sidebar. Just right-click on a folder and select Properties from the context menu that opens to display the new option.
There you find options to rename the folder, and to change its default color. The new color is applied instantly to the folder.
Thunderbird 78 displays the root mail folders in blue by default, but every other folder in black. You may use it to better highlight important folders that are not root.
Improvement 3: Select Messages Column
You can add a select messages box to the column layout of emails in Thunderbird to add an alternative selection option. Instead of having to use the mouse or keyboard to select emails, you may then check the boxes to select emails that you want to work with.
To use the feature, right-click on the header bar just above the list of emails in Thunderbird, and check the "Select Messages" option.
Thunderbird adds a new column with selection boxes to the mail list.
Improvement 4: Minimize to System Tray on Windows devices
The Thunderbird 78 window behaves like previous windows by default. A click on minimize hides the client's window and keeps the icon visible in the taskbar.
Windows users may enable an option in the email program to minimize Thunderbird to the System Tray area instead.
Select Tools > Options, and on the page that opens, check "When Thunderbird is minimized, move it to the tray".
- Users can preview themes in the add-ons manager now.
- Redesigned add-ons manager.
- Recent folder list improvements.
- Account creation dialog redesigned.
- A new option to anonymize header data.
- Address books are stored in SQLite databases instead of MAB format.
Now You: Have you tried Thunderbird 78 already? What is your take on the new client?Advertisement