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just because it's on this page doesn't mean it's in Thunderbird 8

User Visible Changes to Thunderbird 8

Roland is compiling this page in order to compile a list of what has to be documented for Thunderbird 8

Test Pilot

special category! it will be an add-on for TB 8 beta at some point (i.e. sometime during the beta cycle) and an integrated add-on for TB9


(numbered for convenience only, not in order)

  1. Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F conflict and cmd_find ambiguity, used for both Find in This Message and Quick Filter - [bug 564328] - new shortcuts are: Find in Message - CTRL + F, Search Messages window - CTRL + SHIFT + F, Find Next - CTRL + G, Find Previous - GTRL + SHIFT + G, Global search - CTRL + K, Quick Filter Bar - CTRL + SHIFT + K (unused prior to TB8)
  2. imap messages keep getting redownloaded if they incorrectly start with From instead of a : header bug 663671 - might land in TB 7 as well
  3. the widget for switching folder pane views is heavy and ugly and confusing to users[bug 667245] - [July 28, 2011, patch to remove widget (still available in menu) checked and has landed in TB8], [you can add the widget back in with the Folder Pane View Switcher Add-on]
  4. Autoconfig wizard: Fix styling and order of buttons on Windows - [bug 667252] should land in TB 8
  5. New Account Wizard bad-input warnings are unreadable (gray-on-black) in Ubuntu 11.04 (e.g. "Please enter your name", "Double check this email address", "Username or password invalid") - [bug 671094] - should land in TB8 and possibly TB7 or 6
  6. Attachment Handling Improvements - [bug 630759] - comment 8:
    1. Built-in support for displaying file size prettily. File size gets shown right-aligned in grey.
    2. New view modes, three in total (see Comment 8 "6)" for pretty pictures)
    3. Smooth Scrolling
    4. Better Platform-specific themeing (see "8)")
    5. Keyboard Accessible - arrows to navigate, shift/control/control for select, control s to save, Shift Delete to delete
    6. Up/down/left/right work as expected in horizontal mode
  7. new privacy policy - - [bug 691748]
  8. Add-ons installed by another application will be disabled by default w/user having opportunity to enable them on first run of that add-on -
  9. Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
  10. Clicking on email links in the message body now uses the proper identity - [bug 64267]

Thunderbird 7 and previous release regressions fixed in TB 8

  1. Cannot select address book if quick search widget is removed from toolbar - Error: gSearchInput is null ... abCommon.js Line: 588 - bug 532505 - landed in TB8, didn't make TB7
  2. #Cannot see some attachments - This is a known problem with some malformed messages. The difference between 3.1.x and 5.0 in handling multipart/related attachments is that the old versions listed any content it cannot display inline in the attachment list. This is no longer the case in 5.0 and such attachments are silently dropped. GS, [bug 602718],[bug 674473], fixed in TB8 - this bug has UI implications and hidden prefs which Jonathan Kamens has already documented in SuMoMo for TB8, thanks Jonathan Kamens!
  3. When filtering messages on startup into local folders with "Multiple pop accounts to the local folder inbox, multiple filters to move to other subfolders.", corruption occurs - bug 668952, GS1, GS2 - CANNOT REPRODUCE:Roland and RKent both can't reproduce the problem :-( ; could be due to it requiring multiple filters and multiple POP accounts (perhaps 4 or more?) - REPRODUCED by RKENT: Two POP accounts, download to global mailbox, read messages at startup, filter from one POP account to a LOCAL FOLDER - UNVERIFIED WORKAROUNDS: i) Set filter scope to "Checking mail (after classification) and manual," from "Checking mail and manual." ii) Disable Email Checking at Startup iii) Uncheck "Allow AV clients to quarantine..." - [we believe this is fixed and landed in TB8]
  4. Page flickers once when scroll to top by dragging thumb of scrollbar. (disabled Hardware acceleration) - [bug 657401] - partial fix in FF8/TB8, [bug 690356] - Lower half of html5 youtube videos flickers in full screen
  5. Dragging attachments to Desktop creates "undefined" files in Thunderbird 7.0 on Mac OS X - works fine on Windows - [fixed /dragging_attachments_to_desktop_creates_undefined_files_in_thunderbird_7_0 GS ] - [bug 683093] - WORKAROUND - save attachment via buttons/menu options - fixed in TB8 beta 2
  6. # Clicking write after selecting a TB mailing list doesn't bring up a Compose window with the mailing list pre-filled in the TO field - REGRESSION [bug 690522] - patch written & will land in TB8 Beta 3 - WORKAROUND - fill in mailing list name in TO:, CC: or BCC: field
  7. # TB7 sorts messages by From too slowly - [bug 690707]
  8. Cannot open JPEG attachment in Compose Windows after attaching it - [bug 682639] - REGRESSION, patch landed for TB 8 Beta 3
  9. crash nsNntpService::MessageURIToMsgHdr (from 8.0 or later) - [bug 694915] - landed in TB 8 Beta 4


(in no order, numbered for convenience only)

  1. Thunderbird 7 Support Issues
  2. the above are great for Thunderbird changes, but open question: how do we track gecko changes that surface themselves to the user in Thunderbird?

See Also