Changing from Outlook Express to Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird is an E-mail client which has grown very mature, and for me capable of replacing Microsoft Outlook Express.
  • Standard spellchecking with the ability to change between dictionaries
  • Integration with most webmail services like Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo
  • Enhanced spam protection
  • Styling through themes
  • Extensible through plugins which makes it possible for the community to add almost any feature.
After the default installation of Thunderbird, then one will discover different things:
Delayed sending of e-mail
When pressing send in Outlook Express, then the e-mail will be placed in the Outbox, and the next time it synchronizes with the mail-server then it will be sent. Thunderbird will immediately send the email, so if used to be able to edit a sent e-mail by going to the Outbox then you will be disappointed.
MagicSLR can replace the Send button with a Send Later button, which places the email in the Unsent folder.
Reply and forward header are awful
When replying to a mail then one doesn't get the pretty header showing the details of the message replying to. Instead one get the following:

[Author] wrote:"

TB Reset Quote Header Extension (Change Quote / smarttemplate4) can create a reply-header based on templates files quoteHdr.txt and quoteHdrHtml.txt.
Reply will perform quote with indent character
There is no option in Thunderbird to disable indent of the reply quote or change the indent character. This can lead to quite obscure emails when replying back and forth between two e-mail clients each with their own idea of how to indent.
QuoteAndComposeManager can remove the indent character when making a reply.
Using Thunderbird Address Book for mailing lists
Windows Address Book can create groups, where one can just drag the wanted members into. In Thunderbird Address Book one can create lists, but when trying to drag a contact into the list nothing happens. Apparently the idea is that when doing a normal drag-drop then one is performing a copy, and because one should not copy contacts into lists, then it is rejected. Instead one just have to remember to hold down the CTRL-key when dragging contacts into a mailing list.


  1. Collin says:


    Thanks for the great article.

    1 question. I find that the configuration for the problem "Reply and forward header are awful" is quite troublesome.

    Just wondering if there is a better workaround for this now?


  2. Snakefoot says:

    Configuration for the problem “Reply and forward header are awful” is quite troublesome. Just wondering if there is a better workaround for this now?

    Sadly enough this issue is a low priority feature, and the statement Reply header can be changed to virtually anything is a truth with modifications as new lines are not supported.

  3. Red says:

    Just use the "Work Offline" option under "File" in the Menu Bar while making all the emails. Go online when you finished and finally want to send everything.

  4. Snakefoot says:

    Red wrote:

    Just use the “Work Offline” option under “File” in the Menu Bar while making all the emails

    I have a feeling that is just what MagicSLR is doing for you with its Send Later-button.

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