How to spell check messages

October 5, 2006

Thunderbird has a great little spell checker built-in and it’s actually turned on by default. Let’s say for whatever reason, your’s isn’t on and you want to stop embarrassing yourself with your poor spelling. There ‘s a simple fix:

Spelling Options

  1. On a Mac, go to Thunderbird > Preferences; on a PC go to Tools > Options.
  2. Go to the Composition tab, then the Spelling sub-tab. You have two options for spell checking: “Check spelling before sending” & “Enable spell as you type”. The first one checks the spelling in the email after you hit “Send”, and alerts you to any typos. The second one actually underlines typos with a red squiggily line.
  3. Just check both of those options (for spelling safety) and you’re good to go!
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How to change how messages are forwarded

October 5, 2006

When messages are forwarded from Thunderbird, by default, they are sent as an attachment to the new message. If, like me, you prefer that the forwarded message be sent inline (as in readable at the bottom of your new message), then you’ll need to change the default setting. Here’s how:forwardingprefs

On a Mac, go to Thunderbird > Preferences; on a PC, go to Tools > Options.

Go to the Composition tab, the General sub-tab.
The first option at the top deals with how messages are forwarded. Switch that setting from “As Attachment” to “Inline”


How to Save Mail in a Folder

October 5, 2006

So you have mail that you want to save, but you don’t want it hanging around in your Inbox? Thunderbird allows you to create a folder that will store emails. Here’s how to do it:

New Folder Dialog

Go to File > New > Folder

Give the folder a name and choose where you want to put the folder. To pick a location that already has folders in it (like your account name), keep going through the menus until you find “choose this for the parent”; that will choose that folder as the place to make your new folder.
Click Ok.

Start moving messages to your new folder.


The icon

October 5, 2006

Thunderbird iconOk, we’ll start with the simplest stuff: the icon. You need to know what icon to click on to open the program, right? So this is it. The blue bird wrapped around an envelope. This icon was designed by Jon Hicks of Hicks Design UK. It’s the same on Windows and Mac, but there is at least one difference. When new mail arrives, the icon of the Mac changes to this:New Mail icon This just lets you know you have a new message waiting on you.

On the PC, when you get a new message, you get a little envelope in the taskbar (near the clock). It doesn’t tell you how many messages you have, but it will let you know you have something waiting on you!



How to Set Up Junk Mail Controls

October 5, 2006

JunkMailControlsSo you’re getting a bunch of junk mail and you want it just go away, but it keeps coming. Wouldn’t it be nice if Thunderbird could learn what is and isn’t junk and then make the bad stuff go away? Actually, it can. Let me show you how to set it up.

Go to Tools > Junk Mail Controls. Here you are going to find the preferences and settings for the built-in Junk Mail filter for Thunderbird.

To set it up, start by click the “Move incoming messags determined to be junk mail to:” box. Make sure the “Automatically delete junk messages older than _ days from this folder” option is also checked.

Next, check the box that says “When I manually mark messages as Junk:” and sure the “Move them to the ‘Junk’ Folder” option is the one that is selected.

Then, check the box that says “When displaying HTML messages marked as junk, santize the HTML”.

There is an option that you don’t have to check, but it might be a good idea to set up. At the top of the Settings tab, you can tell Thunderbird to not mark messages as junk if the message is sent from certain people. In my case, since I work at school I told Thunderbird to not mark any messages from people in my school address book as junk mail. You might want to do the same for your family address or just everyone in your Personal Address Book. This will help prevent good mail from going into the junk filter and being deleted.

Now that you’ve done all that, your junk mail controls are set up and ready to use. You’re probably saying to yourself, “What did I just do and why? How do I use the Junk Mail Filters?” Read the rest of this entry »