Archive for the ‘Thunderbird 1.5’ Category

A while back some of my family switched their ISP from Qwest to Cox. I had recently sent an email directly to one family member and they had replied back that it went to their old ISP’s email at I was a bit baffled that the address was still active as it had been several months since they have switched. A bounce-back would very much welcomed here. Even more baffling though was I knew I had removed their old address and put their new address in my Thunderbird address book. I just went to send them another message and right as I was getting ready to click the send button I noticed the to address was their address. I deleted what was in the To: field and started typing in their name. Both addresses showed in the drop-down.

After selecting the correct address and sending off the message, I went into my Thunderbird address book and confirmed I only had their address. However, I noticed in the left column another ‘address box’ called Collected Addresses. I looked through this address box and there was their address.

I sorta knew what the Collected Addresses were but wanted to find out more. A Google search on the topic turned up a lot of information, but not so much from Mozilla. I did find a good description at the Cornell University site:

Collected Addresses is a special address book that Thunderbird maintains without any effort on your part. It is made up of every e-mail address to which you’ve sent a message, whether in To, Cc, or Bcc. (You can control how Collected Addresses works through an option setting.)

As installed, Collected Addresses is a convenience in that, once you’ve typed in an address, you’ll never have to type in that address again. As you start to type it, Thunderbird will find it for you.

More searching (again not much from Mozilla without having to really dig deep into their discussion forums) I found The Unofficial How-To Blog for Thunderbird. You can disable the automatic addition of ‘collected addresses’. From Thunderbird go to Tools > Options… (Mac: Thunderbird > Preferences | Linux: Edit > Preferences) and click on the Composition tab. At the bottom is an option to Automatically add outgoing e-mail addresses, uncheck this option.

So now I have removed their old address from Thunderbird completely and also stopped having Thunderbird collect addresses. Quick tip, in Thunderbird 3.0 and newer clicking the star next to the sender’s name will allow you to add them to your address book.


There are times depending on what is running in the background and other Internet activity that Thunderbird (or Firefox) may get bogged down and a JavaScript may take a little longer than normal to complete. Users will get a warning similar to the one below advising that the script is unresponsive. The reason for this is because the application thinks the script is running wild and never going to finish processing thus causing the application to freeze and/or crash. This is very similar to Windows Task Manager warning you that an application is not responding, but the application is just a bit bogged down (which commonly happens with JavaScript) and needs more time to finish what it is doing.

The ‘fix’ for this is fairly simple, just increase the amount of time before a script is considered ‘unresponsive’. This can be done in both Thunderbird and Firefox via the Config Editor… (Thunderbird) and about:config (Firefox):


  1. Go to Tools >> Options…
  2. Click on the Advanced tab on top
  3. At the bottom of the window is a section Advanced Configuration
  4. Click on the Config Editor… button at the lower right
  5. In the Config Editor… type dom.max_script_run_time in the Filter field
  6. Double click the entry and in the in the pop-up box type 20 and press enter
  7. Close the window


  1. In a new tab type about:config in the address bar and press enter
  2. In the about:config manager type dom.max_script_run_time in the Filter field
  3. Double click the entry and in the in the pop-up box type 20 and press enter
  4. Close the tab

Source: Itchy Hands

Got an email from a family member in regards to their Thunderbird. They switched ISP and email providers and when their email account was setup in Thunderbird, it had its own folder structure. My first thought was the account had been setup as IMAP, but I checked on the provider’s website determined they didn’t support IMAP.

I thought may be this was they way Thunderbird 3 handled POP accounts. Wouldn’t really know since I use IMAP exclusively. After a little hunting I discovered you can still have Thunderbird to deliver all the messages in your POP accounts to the Global Inbox (in the Local Folders).

Important: Copy all your messages in that account including those in the Inbox and any other folders (sent, drafts, etc) to the Inbox (and other desired folders) under local folders. After that is done, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Tools >> Account Settings
  2. In the list locate the POP account you want to change the settings on and click on Server Settings (directly below the account name)
  3. Click the Advanced… button towards the bottom right
  4. In the pop-up windows select Global Inbox (Local Folders Account)
  5. You will get an overly worded warning message about losing existing content if you haven’t already copied it to the local folders. Press OK
  6. Press OK again to close out of the Account Settings window
  7. Restart Thunderbird to remove the separate folders associated with that email account.

For more information see: mozillaZine: Global Inbox

Note: Republishing from The FF Extension Guru’s Blog

One of the neat features of Thunderbird is the ability to customize the client with Extensions, Themes and Plug-Ins. But sometimes there are problems a theme does something funky to your browser. Or may be an extension goes haywire and gets corrupted. There are so many possibilities of what could be the problem. If you have a lot of extensions installed, it is hassle to list them all.

Whenever anyone posts on Go Firefox! a more advanced problem they are having the first thing I recommend they do is install the InfoLister extension. In a matter of seconds the extensions generates a report with loads of information:

* The build/version of Thunderbird and your OS
* Complete list and a total number of extensions (including enabled & disabled)
* Listing of all the themes installed and which one is currently in use
* Simplified listing (compared to about:plugins) of the all installed plug-ins

With this information it is very easy for me to see if the user is running an outdated extensions, a problematic theme, a troublesome (Yahoo!) or missing plug-in. Below is the results when I run InfoLister on this profile…

Last updated: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 21:53:03 GMT
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.1b4pre) Gecko/20090406 Shredder/3.0b3pre

Extensions (enabled: 8, disabled: 0):

Themes (1):

Plugins (12):

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Google Update
  • iTunes Application Detector
  • Java(TM) Platform SE 6 U12
  • Java(TM) Platform SE 6 U13
  • QuickTime Plug-in 7.6
  • RealNetworks Rhapsody Player Engine
  • RealPlayer Version Plugin
  • RealPlayer(tm) G2 LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In (32-bit)
  • Shockwave Flash
  • Shockwave for Director
  • Windows Presentation Foundation


For the past few months I’ve been following Thunderbird Bug 227305: Support drag-drop messages to desktop / file-system window (e.g. Explorer). Unlike MS Outlook, Thunderbird currently does not allow you to save an email message by dragging it to your desktop.  Not quite sure of the circumstances as to how I became aware of and started tracking this bug, likely a contact-us or a forum posting. This bug was filed back in December 2003 with Thunderbird 0.1 and for the most part over the past 5-years has laid dormant. There have been occasional comments/votes in BugZilla but not much else.

Since I voted for the bug a while back I’ve been getting update emails anytime the status changes. For the most part I would get an email once or twice a month if someone has made a comment on the bug. However in the last week I suddenly started getting multiple emails a day. On March 10th, comment #39 was added: “This is an assigned student-project from NUS for CS3108 08/09 Semester 2.”  So far it appears in the last day or so there is a preliminary patch that is being tested with some luck on Linux but not so much with Windows.

This is a great example of the benefits of Thunderbird being an open-source application as well as what can be done within the open-source community. Given this has been open for the past 5-years, this bug must be a low priority issue to the Thunderbird developers. But now some Thunderbird users has taken the initiative to get this feature in place.

Your TBird profile not only contains all your preferences and extensions but your e-mail folders and messages as well. Moving your profile is not that difficult. One thing to keep in mind though is your TBird profile can get quite large depending on the size of the e-mail messages you have saved so you will need to copy it to a CD/DVD or Flash Drive.

Step 1: Locate Your Profile Folder:

  • On Windows Vista/XP/2000, the path is usually %AppData%\Thunderbird\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\, where xxxxxxxx is a random string of 8 characters. Just browse to C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\ on Windows XP/2000 or C:\users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\ on Windows Vista, and the rest should be obvious.
  • On Windows 95/98/Me, the path is usually C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Mozilla\Thunderbird\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\
  • On Linux, the path is usually ~/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default/
  • On Mac OS X, the path is usually ~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/xxxxxxxx.default/

NOTE: %AppData% is a shorthand for the Application Data path on Windows 2000/XP/Vista. To use it, click Start > Run… (use the search box on Vista), enter %AppData% and press Enter. You will be taken to the “real” folder, which is normally C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data on Windows XP/2000, C:\users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming on Windows Vista.

Step 2: Make note of the name (the random string of 8 characters) of your profile folder, you will need this later.

Step 3: Copy The Contents. Once you see your profile folder (xxxxxxxx.default) just select and copy it, this will copy all the files and folders within it. Again, depending on the size and number of e-mail messages you have, the profile folder can be quite large and this process may take a little time.

Step 4: Paste The Contents. On the new machine locate the top-level profile folder (on Windows this would be the folder called Profiles) and paste your profile folder xxxxxxxx.default) here.

Step 5: Start and then exit Thunderbird. IMPORTANT: this starts Thunderbird with a FRESH profile so that it will create a profiles.ini file.

Step 6: Edit profiles.ini . From the path in Step 1, go to the folder called Thunderbird. There you will find a file called profiles.ini . Open the file using Notepad or any other text editor. The last line should read something like this: Path=Profiles/54a7fhol.default Enter the random string of 8 characters from Step 2 between the ‘/’ and ‘.default’ . Save the file and exit the editor.

Step 7: Restart Thunderbird. This time when you start Thunderbird your profile will load and you will have all your add-ons and e-mail messages.

Source: Thunderbird How To Manage Profiles

I mentioned earlier in the Weekly Update 2007-08-06 post that there is going to a major update to take TBird users from the to the build. I got to thinking about this and something didn’t make sense.  If the Major Update feature is still being tested, how could it be included with TBird I am guessing they meant to say TBird, which is in the works. Fx included the Major Update feature, so may be that is where they got from.