Thunderbird:Help Documentation:Menu Reference
This menu reference describes each menu item in the main Thunderbird window.
- 1 Thunderbird Menu (Mac Versions)
- 2 File Menu
- 2.1 New
- 2.2 Open Saved Message...
- 2.3 Attachments
- 2.4 Close (Window)
- 2.5 Save As
- 2.6 Get New Messages for
- 2.7 Send Unsent Messages
- 2.8 Subscribe...
- 2.9 Rename Folder
- 2.10 Compact Folders
- 2.11 Empty Trash
- 2.12 Offline
- 2.13 Page Setup...
- 2.14 Print Preview
- 2.15 Print...
- 2.16 Exit/Quit
- 3 Edit
- 3.1 Undo
- 3.2 Redo
- 3.3 Cut
- 3.4 Copy
- 3.5 Paste
- 3.6 Cancel Message
- 3.7 Delete
- 3.8 Delete Folder
- 3.9 Delete Message
- 3.10 Select
- 3.11 Find
- 3.12 Folder Properties...
- 4 View
- 4.1 Toolbars
- 4.2 Layout
- 4.3 Sort By
- 4.4 Messages
- 4.5 Threads
- 4.6 Headers
- 4.7 Message Body As
- 4.8 Display Attachments Inline
- 4.9 Text Size
- 4.10 Character Encoding
- 4.11 Message Source
- 4.12 message_security_infoMessage Security Info
- 5 Go
- 6 Message
- 7 Tools
- 8 Help
Thunderbird Menu (Mac Versions)
Displays a dialog box with information about Thunderbird, including the current version and a brief list of credits.
Displays the <a href="prefs.xhtml&pref.pluralCaps; window</a>, where you can change the &pref.plural; in Thunderbird.
Closes all opened windows in Thunderbird and exits Thunderbird completely.
Opens a window for composing a new e-mail message.
Opens a dialog for creating a new folder or subfolder in any account.
New Saved Search...
Opens a dialog for creating a new Saved Search folder in any account.
Starts the New Account Wizard. This wizard will help set up a new mail, news, or rss feed account.
New Address Book Card...
Opens a dialog window for creating a new contact in the Adress Book.
Open Saved Message...
Displays an Open File dialog where you can select a previously saved message from your local disks or network. (You can currently view many file types in Thunderbird, including HTML/XML files, image files, text files and more).
Displays a submenu showing each of the attachments in the current selected message (if any exist). Each attachment has its own submenu with the open to either open it or save it.
Closes the current window.
Displays a 'Save Message As' dialog where you can select a location on your local disks or network to save a copy of the message you are currently reading. You can save as .eml, .html, or .txt file types. In the MS Windows version, select these under 'Save as type:', in the Linux version change the default extension of '.eml' to either '.html' or '.txt' if you wish to save it in one of these other formats. (Note, the only way to open a '.eml' format file in the Linux version is to use the 'File / Open Saved Message' menu selection.)
Saves the message you are currently reading into the Template folder of the current mail account.
Get New Messages for
This menu item has multiple sub-menus. The sub-menus allow you to specify which mail, or rss feed accounts, to check for new messages.
Get All New Messages
Causes Thunderbird to check all accounts for new messages.
Send Unsent Messages
Send unsent messages queued during offline use.
Opens a dialog which allows you to subscribe or unsubscribe to IMAP folders or news groups.
Opens a dialog box which allows you to rename the currently selected folder. The Inbox, Drafts, Templates, Sent, Junk, and Trash folders may not be renamed.
Compacts the mail in each folder of the currently selected account. This process removes extra space within the mail file folders which accumulates when deleting messages in the middle of the file. This can recover large chunks of hard drive space.
Empties the trash folder of the currently selected account.
Switch Thunderbird into offline mode. This allows you to read and compose mail when not connected to a network.
Opens a dialog to allow setting the prefernces for offline usage.
Get Flagged Messages
Get Selected Messages
Opens the Page Setup dialog which allows the setting of printing properties.
Opens a window containing a preview of what the current message will look like when it is printed.
Displays the Print dialog, where you can specify the number of printed copies, etc. Click OK to print the page.
Closes all opened windows in Thunderbird and exits Thunderbird completely.
Undoes the last action in a text field. If you later decide you don't want to undo an action, use the Redo command.
Redoes the last Undo command.
Cuts the selected text from a text field and stores it in the clipboard. Paste the text elsewhere by using the Paste command.
Copies the selected text to the clipboard. Paste the text in a text field by using the Paste command.
Pastes text stored in the clipboard into a text field.
Cancel a message posted to a newsgroup. You may only cancel your own posts to a newsgroup.
Deletes the selected text from a text field.
Deletes the selected folder.
Deletes the current message or selected messages.
In the message pane this command selects all messages in the current folder. If viewing or composing a message, it selects all the text of the message.
Selects all messages in the currently selected thread.
Find in This Message...
Displays the find in This Message dialog box. Enter the text you wish to find in the textbox, and as you type Thunderbird will automatically find and select the first occurrence of the entered text on the page. Click Find Next or Find Previous to find the text at other locations in the page, and click Highlight to highlight all occurrences of the text on the page.
Searches for the next occurrence of the text specified when using the Find in This Message... command.
Searches for the previous occurrence of the text specified when using the Find in This Message... command.
Displays the Search Messages dialog box.
Displays the Advanced Address Book Search dialog box.
Displays the selected folder's name and default character encoding.
Toggles the visibility of the mail toolbar, which usually contains standard command buttons (Send, Compose, Reply, etc.).
Toggles the visibility of the search toolbar, which allows you to select the types messages shown in the Message pane.
Toggles the visibility of the status bar, located at the bottom of the window. The status bar displays useful information about messagese.
Displays the toolbar customization dialog. You can drag and drop toolbar buttons to/from the toolbars here. You can also right-click on the navigation toolbar and select Customize... to show this dialog.
Changes the layout of the main Mail & Newsgroups window to the classic three-pane view. The window is divide into two columns. The left column contains the Folders pane. The right column contains the Messages.
Changes the layout of the main Mail & Newsgroups window to a three-pane view, with the Message pane spanning the entire width of the window. The upper half of the window is divided into two columns. The left column contains the Folders pane. The right column contains the Messages.
Changes the layout of the main Mail & Newsgroups window to a three-pane side-by-side view. The left column contains the Folders pane. The middle column contains the Messages. The right column contains the Message pane.
Toggles the visibility of the Message pane in the main Mail & Newsgroups window.
Allows the selection of properties by which messages will be sorted for display.
Allows the selection of properties for which messages will be displayed.
Allows the selection of properties for which message threads will be displayed.
Displays full headers for messages.
Displays only the Subject, From, Date and To headers for messages.
Message Body As
Display Attachments Inline
When checked, attachments appear within the message body.When unchecked, attachments display in the Attachments pane only.
If the text of a message is too small or too large, you can change it to a more comfortable size.
Displays the text of a message one size larger. You can also do this with the keyboard (see Keyboard Shortcuts for instructions).
Displays the text of a message one size smaller. You can also do this with the keyboard (see Keyboard Shortcuts for instructions).
Displays the text of a message at its normal size.
Displays the the complete message as recieved. The headers, body, and attachments are shown in plain text.
message_security_infoMessage Security Info
Displays a dialog box with information on whether the current message was digitally signed and whether the message was sent using encryption.
The Go menu contains menus for navigating through your messages.
Selects the next message in the current folder.
Selects the next unread message in the current folder
Selects the next flagged message in the current folder.
Selects the next unread thread in the current folder.
Selects the previous message in the current folder.
Selects the previous unread message in the current folder.
Selects the previous flagged message in the current folder.
Mail Start Page
Displays the mail start page in the view pane.
Opens a window to create a new message.
Reply to the currently selected messages
Reply to sender and CC'ed recipients of the currently selected messages.
Forwards the currently selected message(s).
Copies the text of the message to be forwarded into the body of the email.
Adds the message to be forwarded as an attachment to the email.
Edit Message as New
Open currently selected message in a new window.
Move currently selected messages to different folder.
Copy currently selected messages to different folder.
(It was previously called Label ) Puts one or more tags on currently selected messages or removes one, several or all the tags on the selected message.
see more on tags (tags page, organizing mail, views..)
Create Filter from Label...
Opens the Thunderbird's address book.
Opens the Extension Manager, where you can see all extensions installed on this version of Thunderbird. You can also choose to uninstall extensions from this dialog. For more information, see the Extensions help topic.
Opens the Theme Manager. From here, you can switch the current theme that Thunderbird is using. You can also install and uninstall themes from this dialog. For more information, see the Themes help topic.
Opens the Message Filters dialog box, where you can see the current user created message filters and if the are enabled for each mail/news account. You can choose to edit, delete, change the order of current filters, or run a filter on a mail folder. New filters may also be created.
Run Filters on Folder
Run users mail filters on a selected folder in the Folders pane of the main Thunderbird window.
Junk Mail Controls
Run Junk Mail Controls on Folders
Delete Mail Marked as Junk in Folders
Opens the Import Wizard dialog, which allows you to import account information, emails, address books, from e-mail clients like Microsoft Outlook, Qualcomm Eudora, Netscape, or Mozilla.
Opens the Thunderbird Help web page, which contains useful information that can help you use Thunderbird.
About Mozilla Thunderbird
Displays a dialog box with information about Thunderbird, including the current version, a brief list of credits.