How to put links in your messages

March 5, 2007

The most beautiful (and useful) part of the Internet is linking.Copy URL Every picture, document, and file on the Internet can be linked to each other so you literally have a “web”, thus the name… Linking inside an email gives us the convenience of showing someone where to find a particular something, whether it’s a picture of junior, an interesting news article, or that funny video (or not-so-funny video) on Youtube. Including a link in an email using Thunderbird is fairly simple, try this:

  1. Go to your web browser and copy the URL (the address) of the thing you want to link to
  2. Open Thunderbird
  3. Click the Write button
  4. Type out your message
  5. Highlight the word you want to use as the link
  6. Create the Link. There are two ways of doing this:
    1. Go to Insert > Linkinsert link menu
    2. Click on the Page Icon on the formatting toolbar and choose LinkPage Icon menu
  7. Paste your URL (from step 1) into the Link Location field and click OKLink Location Form
  8. This will create the link!

link location menuYour link should be created and you can either finish typing your message or send it on its way. There is one thing to look out for though, make sure your recipient can get HTML messages. Linking only works for HTML messages and if your recipient only does plain text messages, they will only see the long URL instead of a link.


How to format strike through text

March 5, 2007

Struck ThroughI recently received an email from a reader asking about how to get text that has a strike through it. Luckily, Thunderbird already has this ability built into its formatting options. Here’s the easiest way to set this up:

  1. Type out some text
  2. Select the text you want formatted with the strike through
  3. Go to Format > Text Style > Strikethrough

Strike Through

There is a second way, which involves editing HTML code, a.k.a the language that all websites use and allows us to put pictures, links, and all kinds of cool things into our emails. The <strike> </strike> tag shows text with the strike through it, just put your text in between the two tags. Of course, this way isn’t as easy as the first, so I would recommend the built-in way.

As far as I know, the built-in method should work, even if the person doesn’t use HTML formatted messages.

Thunderbird released today!

March 2, 2007

Thunderbird was released today.  Here are the release notes:

  • Improvements to product stability.
  • MFSA 2007-06 Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) SSLv2 buffer overflow
  • MFSA 2007-01 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:

Have fun updating!

How to thread (or unthread) messages

March 1, 2007

Someone recently approached me and asked about an odd behavior with their Inbox. Apparently messages that weren’t remotely related to each other were showing up grouped together and the user wanted to know if there was a way to stop this. Ends up, the user had turned on “threading” and unrelated emails were being grouped together as a thread. Threading is grouping messages together as if they are part of a single conversation. In essence, it’s a specialized type of sorting. If you have ever used Gmail, Google’s free webmail service, you’ll be very familiar with threading, since a message and your replies appear together as a “conversation”.

Threading is very useful if you’re working on several projects at once and you email people back and forth regarding those projects. Threading would keep the messages together so you can easily find the conversations without having to perform a search. Personally, I don’t keep lots of mail in my Inbox, so sorting by date works best for me.Threading Menu

If you want to have your messages threaded together, here’s how to turn on threading:

  1. Open Thunderbird
  2. Click on the folder you want to thread
  3. Go to View > Sort By > Threaded

You’ll notice a slight change in your box headers as the thread column changes to an active state:

Thread Column On

Currently, each folder can have separate threading preferences, so you could sort Project 1’s folder by threads, but not Project 2’s folder.

Turning Off Threading

If, by some chance, you have threading turned on (by accident or not), you can turn it off by:

  1. Click on the folder that is threaded
  2. Go to View > Sort By > Unthreaded

Viola, threading is turned off for that folder.