Thank you for using our Thunderbird
Email Setup. Here a few tips that will help you get started with
Thunderbird. The more you use Thunderbird the more features you'll
discover; these tips will get you started.
How to Enable The Thunderbird Toolbar
Since we set up Thunderbird with the Menu bar & the Mail toolbar visible, this is for those of you who have set up Thunderbird yourself or who have accidentally lost your Menu bar / Mail toolbar.
Right-click in the blue area (see above) and
put a checkmark in the boxes next to Menu Bar and Mail Toolbar - that's
all there is to it. Now you'll have "File" "Edit" "View"
Using Thunderbird's Toolbar
If you're a former Windows Mail, Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail
user, you might have used "Message rules" to organize your email. In
Thunderbird, message rules are called "Filters" You can organize
your email using filters. You can have mail redirected to specified
folders based on the message's "From", "Subject" and many other
fields. Just remember to create the folders first, then the "filters".
In order to take advantage of message filtering in Thunderbird, you will
need to create new folders...and that's very easy to do. Just
right-click on the inbox of the account you want to add a folder to, and
choose "New folder" and give it a name. Folders you create in "Local
folders" will be accessible only from your PC. Folders you create under
your account(s) will be created on and accessible from the web as well
as your PC.
If we installed and setup Thunderbird, we woud have added the Stationery Add-on, so all you have to do to use stationery is click Write (or reply) and choose the stationery you want to use. See Below:
Using the Stationery add-on.
The stationery add-on adds a down arrow next to the "Write" button (see image below).
Click "Other Stationery" and browse to the folder where you save your stationery if we setup your program for you, we set the default Stationery folder for you, so you all you do is click "Other Stationery" and your stationery folder will open and then just double click the stationery you want to use. If we did not setup Thunderbird, see our Help page on how to create default folder for stationery.
Previewing Stationery - You can go to the folder the stationery is stored in and doubleclick any selection to preview it. When we setup Thunderbird, we create a folder in your Documents called Stationery, or Cloudeight Stationery.
You'll notice that the more stationery you use, the more you'll see on your list when you click the arrow next to "Write" (see below):
The way Thunderbird's stationery add-on works is that the next email you write will use the same stationery as the last email you sent. If you don't want to use stationery, choose "without Stationery". If you want to choose a different stationery, choose "Other Stationery" (see below):
What about music and scrolling?
Due to restraints in most modern email programs, we are no longer including music and scrolling with our stationery.
What about installing Cloudeight Stationery for Thunderbird?
We will be distributing our new Thunderbird stationery in zip files. We'll be posting instructions on the download pages showing you how to extract zip files and how to extract them to any folder you like.
If you want to use a background image, it's easy to do in Thunderbird.
Start by clicking "Write" "Without Stationery" from the toolbar to open the compose window (see below):
When the Thunderbird compose window opens, click "Format" then "Page Colors and Background" (see below):
After you click "Page Colors and Background", you'll see the dialog below: Choose a background picture by clicking on the "Choose File..." button. Don't forget to change your text & link colors so you can read them over the background picture. If you choose a dark background picture, chose light colored fonts and a dark background color. For light colored pictures do the opposite.
Once you've chosen your background picture and your font, link and background colors, go ahead and compose & send your message.
5. Saving Mail from Windows Mail to Thunderbird - Note: the same intructions work for Windows Live Mail too
NOTE: If we setup your Thunderbird, we would have done this step for you.
a. Make a folder on your desktop called Saved Mail. Now open Windows Mail and choose File, Export Messages.
b. Now choose Microsoft Windows Mail from list and choose next.
c.Browse to the folder you created - we named it Saved Mail on our desktop
d.Select Folder you want to export, or choose All.
e.Create a folder under Local Folders (important to do it here) and name it Saved Mail
f:Click Tools, ImportExport Tools, then choose Import all messages from a directory, then choose Also from its subdirectories, click Ok and you are done. If you have a lot of folders and mail, it will take a lot longer, so don't interrupt the import!
See below for a step by step picture tutorial. Alternatively, you can create a folder on your desktop called Saved Mails, and drag and drop mail from your Windows Mail program to this folder. Then, Open Thunderbird, Create a Folder under Local Folders called Saved Mail, and drag the emls directly into the folder from your desktop folder.
Screenshot 1:Make a folder on your desktop called Saved Mail. Now open Windows Mail and choose File, Export Messages. >
Screenshot #2: Now choose Microsoft Windows Mail from list and click Next.
3.3. Screenshot 3: Browse to the folder you created - we named it Saved Mail on our desktop
Screenshot 4: Select Folder you want to export, or choose All.
Screenshot 5: Now Open Thunderbird, Create a folder under Local Folders (important to do it here) and name it Saved Mail
Screenshot 6:Click Tools, ImportExport Tools, then choose Import all messages from a directory, then choose Also from its subdirectories, click Ok and you are done. If you have a lot of folders and mail, it will take a lot longer, so don't interrupt the import!
Open Thunderbird, click Tools, Options, and General Tab. You will see the sound options here. See screenshot below
7. Change Line Spacing to Single Space when writing Emails
Open Thunderbird, Click Tools (top menu), then Options. Now click the Composition Tab. Uncheck as shown below where it says "When using paragraph format, enter key creates a new paragraph
10. Adding New Contacts to your Address Book
NOTE: If you want to import from another mail program, export as csv file and import as csv. If you had us setup your Thunderbird, we would have done this step for you. Windows Live is no longer supported by Microsoft and as such, we are seeing many corrupted address books, so your only option is to add contacts to Thunderbird from received mails. This is a simple one click method!
8. Hide or View folders for an email account
See screenshot below to do this:
9. Creating a Mail list of contacts to send to
Click Address Book from Menu
Choose New List
Give List a Name
Add Contacts you want to send to in the list. If you type the first letter or two of the people's name or email address you will see it show up in drop down menu to choose from. If they are not already in your contact list/address book, just type in their name and email address.
To send an email to all on your list, there are two ways
While Address Book is still open, click the name of your new list you created and then click Write. Or, From main menu of Thunderbird, click Write, and then type in the first letter or two of your list in the To field, and choose it from the drop down menu.