While ThunderBird began as a small email app for desktops, it now offers other services. Some of these include chat protocols, news and group links, subscriptions, and so much more. You can read more about its features and updates in this section.

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How to sort accounts in the email client Thunderbird manually

The email client Thunderbird lacks options to sort the order of accounts in the email client directly. It is for instance not possible to reorder accounts in the client's main pane via […]

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Thunderbird 38.0.1 is a massive update for the email client

Development of the email client Thunderbird was more or less restricted to maintenance and security updates ever since Mozilla made the decision to use resources for other projects and move development into […]

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What Lightning's integration in Thunderbird looks like

Mozilla announced plans some time ago to integrate the calendar add-on Lightning natively in the Thunderbird email client. Lightning is without doubt the most popular calendar add-on for Thunderbird and in fact […]

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How to make Thunderbird's Quick Filter settings permanent

Thunderbird's Quick Filter toolbar displays options to filter all messages of the current email folder in certain ways. It allows you to only display unread emails for instance, which can be very […]

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The state of the desktop email client Thunderbird

Thunderbird's usage continues to grow according to Mozilla despite the fact that the desktop email client has been put on the backburner by the organization in mid-2012. Kent James, who is serving […]

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How to turn off tabs in Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird is my desktop email client of choice. It has been my primary go-to program for all things email for years and even though it is not very high up on […]

Mozilla plans to ship Lightning add-on with Thunderbird 38 email client

Thunderbird is the main email client that I use on all desktop systems. There are plenty of reasons for that, from full control over all emails to better privacy and options to […]


FossaMail is an optimized version of Thunderbird for Windows by the Pale Moon author

Fossamail is an email client for Microsoft Windows and Linux systems that is based on code of the popular Thunderbird email client. Update: FossaMail has been discontinued due to a lack of […]

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Color Folders brings a splash of color to Thunderbird folders

I'm an avid user of the Thunderbird desktop email client and even though development has been put on a backburner by Mozilla, it is offering all the features that I require. What […]

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How to forward emails in Thunderbird using custom headers

Whenever I forward emails in the Thunderbird email client all headers of that email are attached to it at the top. This means that the actual message is not displayed above the […]

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Printing Tools for Thunderbird improve email printouts

The Printing Tools extension for the Thunderbird email client improves how emails are printed on the system. If you print out emails regularly or just occasionally using Thunderbird, you know that you […]

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Get a detailed log of all Thunderbird network traffic

If you are using the Thunderbird email desktop client on your system, you may have noticed that it does not really reveal a lot about connections that it makes. While you do […]

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Mozilla releases Thunderbird 24.1 email client

There are not that many good free cross-platform desktop email clients left. If you would have to list them, it is almost certain that you would mention the Thunderbird program, as it […]

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Thunderbird and Seamonkey to be kicked out of Mozilla AMO?

Both the Thunderbird email client as well as the SeaMonkey Internet browser have taken a backseat when it comes to development resource distribution over at Mozilla. The products are clearly not as […]

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Restrict local IMAP email copies in Thunderbird to save disk space and speed up search

If you have a lot of emails stored in the Thunderbird email client, you may have noticed two things: that the emails are taking quite the chunk of disk space, and that […]

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Mozilla will merge Thunderbird Stable and ESR releases in the near future

Mozilla releases a Thunderbird Stable and ESR version every six weeks just like it does for the Firefox web browser. While that makes sense for actively developed products that get new feature […]

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Fix Gmail IMAP slowing down Thunderbird or mails not arriving in a timely fashion

The Thunderbird email client had to take a back seat over at Mozilla when the organization decided to spend resources on other projects instead. While it is still maintained, for instance with […]

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How to paste formatted text as plain text into Thunderbird

When you copy text to the Windows clipboard, the formatting of said text is usually copied alongside the textual bits of information. When you paste the copied text into a rich text […]

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Send mails faster with Auto Compress File for Thunderbird

Improvements have been made in recent time to tackle what I call the attachment issue in emails. Mail servers limit the maximum size of emails, and every email that exceeds that size […]

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Thunderbird: switch dictionaries automatically based on recipients

The Thunderbird email client just like the Firefox web browser and other Mozilla based products support dictionary files that power the software's spell checking component. Only one dictionary is installed by default […]

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Lovebird for Thunderbird organizes mail around people

If you are particularly fond of a person that you communicate with via email, or have email contacts that send you lots of important messages, you only have one option to highlight […]

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Fix for Thunderbird not opening links

I have configured the Thunderbird email client to block links from being opened when I click on them. This may sound strange to some as it makes it less convenient to open […]

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How to change the font of mails in Thunderbird

Thunderbird is my desktop email client of choice and one of the reasons for that is that it is highly customizable. Not only by installing extensions that change the client's behavior, but […]

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Sync Google contacts with Thunderbird using CardDav

The big news of the day, December 12, 2012, was that another batch of Google services that was getting axed by the company. Among the services that time was Google Sync which […]

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Thunderbird 17 released, find out what's new

Thunderbird 17.0 is the last release of the email client before Mozilla's de-prioritization of the client takes effect. What this means is that Mozilla is assigning engineers that maintained various Thunderbird related […]

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Firefox 16.0.2, Thunderbird 16.0.2 released

Mozilla is currently in the process of rolling out an update for the stable version of Firefox that is brining the web browser to version 16.0.2 This is in fact the second […]

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How to restore the menu header in Thunderbird 17

Thunderbird 17 is currently offered as a beta version. If you have installed the upcoming version of the email client on your system, you may have noticed the new look of the […]

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Manage email subjects in Thunderbird

If you are sending out emails with the same subject line often, you may find Subject Manager for Thunderbird helpful in this regard. The extension for the desktop email client not only […]

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Make Thunderbird the chat powerhouse: add chat protocols

Mozilla added chat capabilities to Thunderbird 15, the latest stable version of the desktop email client. This basically enabled Thunderbird users to add various support chat networks to the client to chat […]

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Thunderbird's future may look like this

Mozilla's announcement that the Thunderbird desktop email client would be moved to the bottom of the organzation's priority list came as a shock to the community as it was one of the […]

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Hide the user agent when sending emails with Thunderbird

Thunderbird, and other mail clients as well, include information in each email you sent that reveal information about your operating system, the mail program and the version of it that you are […]


Thunderbird: Dropbox Filelink integration now available as an extension

Thunderbird's Filelink feature is one of the recent features of the email client that I really like. It basically allows you to replace email attachments with links that point to file hosts […]

Thunderbird to get silent and background updates in coming version

Are you still using the Thunderbird email client or have you switched to another desktop email program after Mozilla's announcement that it would move the application to the end of its priority […]

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Add experimental Dropbox support to Mozilla Thunderbird

If you are a user of the Mozilla Thunderbird email client you are probably aware by now of the program's Filelink feature that allows you to upload files that you want to […]

A look at Thunderbird's not so distant future

Mozilla's de-prioritization of Thunderbird was a shock to many of the clients active users who feared that development would come to a complete halt in the near future. While that is apparently […]

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Thunderbird 15 Beta with Australis user interface released

A new beta release of the desktop email client Thunderbird has been released with feature improvements despite Mozilla's announcement that it has moved Thunderbird to the bottom of  Mozilla's project priority list.Existing […]


DreamMail Email Client Review

Last week Mozilla announced that development of the Thunderbird desktop email client was not the company's highest priority anymore. While that does not mean that development will stop completely at this point, […]

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Thunderbird Alternative Opera Mail

Having used Thunderbird for several years I was quite disappointed by Mozilla's announcement to move development priorities to other projects. While that does not mean that Thunderbird will be discontinued anytime soon, […]

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Why I prefer desktop email clients over web-based services

With Mozilla's announcement that the company would put Thunderbird development on a backburner to concentrate on Firefox OS and other projects that it has identified as "pursue-worthy", came two user reactions. The […]

Mozilla: Thunderbird's not our priority anymore

News broke earlier today that Mozilla had a huge announcement concerning the email client Thunderbird to make. Initially the news would have been released on Monday, but since it leaked early, the […]



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