Archive for the ‘Thunderbird 2’ 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

For those Thunderbird users who are still using the no longer supported Thunderbird or Thunderbird 3.0.6 you will be offered an update soon to the current Thunderbird 3.1.2 soon. The Major Updates are scheduled as follows:

  • Thunderbird 3.0.6 to Thunderbird 3.1.2 — Deployed on August 12, 2010
  • Thunderbird to Thunderbird 3.1.2 — August 18, 2010

  • Later – defers the decision for 24 hours
  • Never – declining the offer
  • Get the New Version – accepts the upgrade

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┬áThunderbird 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

When Thunderbird Released back in mid-March, this was the last planned update for the 2.0.0.X trunk. Mozilla Messaging confirmed yesterday that there will indeed be no further updates for Thunderbird 2. Users are encouraged to upgrade to Thunderbird 3.

Source: dmose’s blog

Editors Note: Due to the slow release of Thunderbird builds, Release Recaps will not be published on a weekly basis.

Released this Month

  • Thunderbird – March 16th
  • Thunderbird 3.0.3 – March 1st
  • Thunderbird 3.1b1 – March 9th
  • Thunderbird 3.0.4 – March 30th

Schedule this Coming Month

  • Thunderbird 3.1b2 – TBD

Future Releases

  • Thunderbird 3.0.5 – TBD


Editors Note: Due to the slow release of Thunderbird builds, Release Recaps will not be published on a weekly basis.

Released this Month

  • Thunderbird – March 16th
  • Thunderbird 3.0.3 – March 1st
  • Thunderbird 3.1b1 – March 9th

Schedule this Coming Month

  • Thunderbird 3.0.4 – March 30th

Future Releases

  • Thunderbird 3.1b2 – April 6th