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 Write a New Message

September 25, 2006

When you hit the Write button, it will open a blank email to no one and in the To: field, you can type in an email address. If you’re sending to someone already in your address book, begin typing their name and the name/address should automatically fill in. This works the same for groups also. If you’re not sure about a name or address, you can hit the Contacts button and it will bring up a sidebar with your contacts to choose from.Newmessage

If you want to CC: additional people, you can change the To: field to a CC:, BCC:, Reply-To:, Newsgroup:, or Followup-To:.

If you need to attach a document to the email, hit the Attach button, it will open a Finder/Explorer window and you can find your document and attach it.

If you decide not to send the email when you finish typing it, you can hit the Save button and the email will be saved in the Drafts folder for you to send later.


September 8, 2006

As part of learning the interface, I’m going to explain what each button does.

Buttons Bar
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.

Hello world!

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

I hope you find these tutorials helpful and maybe you learn a thing or two (I’m sure I will).