Thunderbird:Preferences

This is the concept of preferences that Thunderbird 3 will be moving toward. It is generally a simpler set of controls that borrow from Firefox when it makes sense and a flattened set of tabs to avoid hiding information.

Contents

Preference Tabs

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| Main | Display | Composition | Junk | Security | Attachments | Advanced |
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Main

Each item in this tab should be related to the over all experience of using Thunderbird. This is not the grab bag for things that didn't fit in other places.

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| Main | Display | Composition | Junk | Security | Attachments | Advanced |
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| When new messages arrive                                                |
|   [x] Show an alert                             ( Customize Alerts... ) |
|   [x] Play a sound                              ( Customize Sounds... ) |
|                                                                         |
| Add-ons                                                                 |
|   Change your preferences for add-ons             ( Manage Add-ons... ) |
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Display

Display items are for message display preferences

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| Main | Display | Composition | Junk | Security | Attachments | Advanced |
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| Fonts & Colors for Reading                                              |
|   Default font: [ sans-serif  | v ]  Size: [ 16 | v ]   ( Advanced... ) |
|                                                         (  Colors...  ) |
|                                                                         |
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Composition

Composition items should all be related to email writing and sending

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| Main | Display | Composition | Junk | Security | Attachments | Advanced |
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|                                                                         |
| Forward messages: [ Inline | v ]                                        |
|                                                                         |
| Fonts & Colors for Writing                                              |
|   Default font: [ sans-serif  | v ]  Size: [ 16 | v ]   ( Advanced... ) |
|                                                         (  Colors...  ) |
|                                                                         |
| Addresses                                                               |
|   Use this address book: [ Local Address Book | v ]                     | 
|   Auto-Collect my contacts to: [ Local Address Book | v ]               |
|                                                                         |
| Spelling                                                                |
|   [x] Check spelling as I type               ( Manage Dictionaries... ) |
|                                                                         |
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Open Bugs

  • bug 448705 — Move "Confirm when using keyboard..." to Advanced -> General

Junk

Junk settings have been pulled out into their own tab to help users find this different and important, yet complex setting. The tab will help with junk controls as well as offer hints where to find more information with account junk settings.

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| Main | Display | Composition | Junk | Security | Attachments | Advanced |
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Open Bugs

Security

Security is related to account passwords and message security like phishing, junk, and other ugly mail.

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| Main | Display | Composition | Junk | Security | Attachments | Advanced |
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| [x] Warn me of messages suspected of being email scams                  |
|                                                                         |
| [x] Allow anti-virus software to quarantine incoming messages           |
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| [x] Remember passwords for my accounts           ( Saved Passwords... ) |
|                                                                         |
| [ ] Use a master password                 ( Change Master Password... ) | 
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Open Bugs

Attachments

Attachments allows users to control the actions that occur with attachments as they are received or acted on.

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| Main | Display | Composition | Junk | Security | Attachments | Advanced |
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Open Bugs

  • bug 446291 — Attachments Folder actions badly needs clarification

Advanced

See entire article @ Thunderbird:Preferences/Advanced

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