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!

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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 »