October 5, 2006
Ok, 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: 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!
September 8, 2006
As part of learning the interface, I’m going to explain what each button does.
Get Mail – checks the email server for new messages and sends any messages you have waiting to go out.
Write – opens a blank email.
Address Book – opens up your address book.
Reply – opens an existing email and allows you to reply to the sender.
Reply All – opens an existing email and allows to you reply to the sender and all the other recipients.
Forward – opens an existing email and allows you to send it to someone else.
Delete – throws an existing email away.
File – allows you to move an email to another folder.
Junk – labels a message as “junk mail”. If your Junk Mail Controls are setup, it will also move the “junk” message to the Junk folder.
Print – allows you to print an email.
Stop – stops Thunderbird from contacting a server.
September 5, 2006
Welcome to the Unofficial How-to blog for Thunderbird.
Let’s get the introductions out of the way. My name is Chris. I work at a school in Nashville, TN as one of the technology administrators and we are using Thunderbird this year as the “official” staff email app. I am not related to the Mozilla Foundation in any way; other than as a user/fan.
I’m using this blog as a way to help train our faculty & staff on the use of Thunderbird and to help them see what all it can do. I will try to write all the tutorials in a way that anyone can understand (not too many school inside jokes or references), so hopefully other people can benefit from these tutorials also. If you find something that’s not correct, please let me know and I’ll check it out. For reference, I’m giving all instructions from the most current version at the time, which right now is 184.108.40.206.
I hope you find these tutorials helpful and maybe you learn a thing or two (I’m sure I will).