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just because it's on this page doesn't mean it's in Thunderbird 9

Test Pilot

special category! Test Pilot (Tools|Feedback) has [landed in TB9 in bug 679513]. It was an add-on in tb8

User Visible Changes to Thunderbird 9

Roland is compiling this page in order to compile a list of what has to be documented for Thunderbird 9


(numbered for convenience only, not in order)

  1. Composer: Outdent of List does not work properly [bug 290026], [bug 291780], landed in TB9!!!!
  2. escape issues with mailbox urls in the compose window - [bug 224733]
  3. Opt-in UI for telemetry (toolkit.telemetry.enabled ) - [bug 682176]
  4. Compose, message and address book windows should support personas - [bug 670639]
  5. Better Keyboard handling for attachments (implement Tab and Ctrl+Tab stop for composition's attachment pane) - [bug 473901]
  6. Better import for vCards from webpages and the desktop - [bug 646638]
  7. New MAC Keyboard shortcut for Get Messages / Get All New Messages - Command Y / Command Shift Y and F5 like Windows - [bug 655989]
  8. WINDOWS - Quota Display in status bar is more readable - [bug 385175]
  9. lowercase interface elements in message window header bar are inconsistent UI (mail header labels and button labels should be capitalized) - [bug 478468]
  10. WINDOWS- users can hide the menu bar (and show it with the "alt" key). - [bug 581661]
  11. Make the timeline of faceted search RTL friendly - [bug 601926]
  12. Import from Outlook and Outlook Express doesn't import birthday field - [bug 152252]
  13. Thunderbird 9 Beta 3: Graphics Acceleration disabled for all Thunderbird users by default since few Thunderbird use cases are helped by acceleration (hidden pref still available if you want to turn it on) - [bug 689742], [bug 693852], [bug 668552]

Thunderbird 8 and previous release regressions fixed in TB 9

  1. Mac OS X ONLY: Can't open new windows if any windows are on a secondary monitor & bottom of secondary is NOT TOP aligned with primary - [bug 644733],[GS] WORKAROUND: align top of secondary with top of bottom monitor - fixed in FF 9,should therefore be fixed in TB 9
  2. blanks at the end of email-address in Settings prevents displaying of inline images - [bug 68542], fixed in TB9
  3. Plaintext part not sent for multipart alternatve send option - instead 2 HTML copies are sent - [bug 688991] REGRESSION
  4. Thunderbird 5 always print background colour - Known REGRESSION, see bug 674211 is thunderbird bug GS,[bug 652914 is gecko core bug] - I believe this will land in FF9 and TB9
  5. New entry in address book not saved when Short Date format to: "dddd dd MMM" - [bug 677884] e.g. when using Hebrew calendar instead of Greogrian Calendar - fix landed in TB9, bug present since at least TB5
  6. Attachments with non multi-part messages without filenames are not shown by Thunderbird - WORKAROUNDS - i) (1) Tools/Options/Advanced/General, Config Editor | set mailnews.display.show_all_body_parts_menu to true (2) View/Message Body As/All Body Parts OR ii) show all body parts add-on ; REGRESSION; fixed in TB11 [bug 701261] - backported to TB9beta4 and TB10 - also perhaps bug 705431


(in no order, numbered for convenience only)

  1. Thunderbird/Thunderbird8.0SupportIssues Thunderbird 8 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