Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email Popular Mozilla Thunderbird Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated June 24, 2019 Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email Thunderbird, the free email program from the makers of Mozilla Firefox, shines with easy to use yet powerful features. Find out which tips and techniques have helped others get the most out of their Mozilla Thunderbird and profit from them too. 01 of 50 How to Find Your Mozilla Thunderbird Profile Directory Woman using laptop on sofa. Cultura/DUEL/Riser/Getty Images Locate the folder that contains your Mozilla Thunderbird messages, filters, settings and more. 02 of 50 How to Back Up or Copy Your Mozilla Thunderbird Profile (Email, Settings,...) Copy all your Mozilla Thunderbird data (emails, contacts, settings, filters, junk mail training data and more) to a new computer, different partition or backup location. 03 of 50 How to Repair Folders in Mozilla Thunderbird Have messages mysteriously disappeared from your Mozilla Thunderbird inbox? Do deleted emails still linger in a folder? Here's how to have Mozilla Thunderbird rebuild a folder's index (or many in a bunch) and repair its display. 04 of 50 How to Add an Image to Your Mozilla Thunderbird Signature Want your logo, a photo or some other graphic to appear in your signature? Here's how to add an image to your signature in Mozilla Thunderbird. 05 of 50 How to Insert an Image Inline in an Email with Mozilla Thunderbird Instead of merely attaching an image, why not include it inline in the body of your message sent from Mozilla Thunderbird? 06 of 50 How to Restore a Mozilla Thunderbird Profile from a Backup Copy Restore Mozilla Thunderbird as it was — on your old computer, or before your hard disk crashed. 07 of 50 How to Access Gmail with Mozilla Thunderbird All you need to know is your Gmail address, and you're ready to access all the mail it receives in Mozilla Thunderbird. 08 of 50 How to Import Mail from Mozilla Thunderbird in Gmail If you move from using Mozilla Thunderbird for your mail to relying mostly on Gmail, here's how to take all your messages with you in a clean and simple fashion. 09 of 50 How to Compose Messages in HTML in Mozilla Thunderbird Use a more comfortable and powerful message editor in Mozilla Thunderbird, and add inline images, custom fonts and other formatting fancy to your emails. 10 of 50 How to Add a Background Image to a Message in Mozilla Thunderbird Use an image as your background when you write an email in Mozilla Thunderbird. 11 of 50 How to Archive Mozilla Thunderbird Mail Folders Clean up the list of folders in Mozilla Thunderbird and archive old mail on a disk or internet storage. It's always easy to add archived folders back into Mozilla Thunderbird. 12 of 50 How to Move Your Mozilla Thunderbird Profile Has your Mozilla Thunderbird profile outgrown its partition or disk? Do you want to move it to a different location? Here's how. 13 of 50 How to Send an Email to Undisclosed Recipients in Mozilla Thunderbird Mail groups in Mozilla Thunderbird without revealing the names and email addresses to all recipients. 14 of 50 Mozilla Thunderbird Turns Email Addresses and URLs into Links Automatically Type email addresses and addresses of web pages you want to include in your emails. Mozilla Thunderbird will do the rest. 15 of 50 How to Set Up Chat Accounts in Mozilla Thunderbird Whether your friends prefer Facebook Chat or Google Talk (or either); whether your favored chat rooms are on IRC on XMPP (or both): you can set up Mozilla Thunderbird to connect to all these chat services and protocols (and Twitter, too). 16 of 50 How to Import Your Gmail Contacts into Mozilla Thunderbird If you access your Gmail account in Mozilla Thunderbird, how about importing your contacts, too? Here's how to copy your Gmail address book to Mozilla Thunderbird. 17 of 50 How to Access Free Windows Live Hotmail in Mozilla Thunderbird Do you want to download mail from your Windows Live Hotmail account into Mozilla Thunderbird? Here's how easy this is to set up with a smart tool that translates between the two. 18 of 50 How to Access Inbox.com in Mozilla Thunderbird Download mail from your Inbox.com account directly into your Mozilla Thunderbird Inbox, and mail sent from Thunderbird will show up online under "Sent Mail", too. 19 of 50 How to Read Emails in a Unified Inbox with Mozilla Thunderbird Don't want to go looking up the latest messages in separate folders, one for each email account? You can set up Mozilla Thunderbird to collect messages from all you accounts' inboxes, sent, spam and more folders in unified views (while the individual folders are still around, of course). 20 of 50 How to View Complete Message Headers in Mozilla Thunderbird An email's headers keep track and save information. They include the sender's email setup or the path the message has covered, for instance. Here's how to access all message headers in Mozilla Thunderbird. 21 of 50 How to Add To, Cc and Bcc Recipients Easily in Mozilla Thunderbird Want to add multiple recipients from your address book to the To:, Cc: or Bcc: field in Mozilla Thunderbird? Here's how to do it with verve and elegance. 22 of 50 How to Insert a Link in a Message in Mozilla Thunderbird Link to anywhere on the net freely and easily with Mozilla Thunderbird. 23 of 50 How to Fix Mozilla Thunderbird Not Starting Instead of starting, Mozilla Thunderbird complains about a profile in use or another instance "already running, but not responding"? Here's how to kill processes and delete hidden lock files to help Mozilla Thunderbird run again. Sounds fun? 24 of 50 How to Move Spam to the Junk Folder Automatically in Mozilla Thunderbird Let Mozilla Thunderbird keep your Inbox clean by automatically moving incoming mail that's determined to be spam to a special 'Junk' folder. 25 of 50 How to Change the Default Mozilla Thunderbird Message Font If your favorite email font is not Times New Roman, here's how to change the default font face and color for new messages in Mozilla Thunderbird. 26 of 50 How to Check Your Spelling as You Type in Mozilla Thunderbird Get instant feedback on your spelling with Mozilla Thunderbird's inline spell checker. 27 of 50 How to Search Mail in Mozilla Thunderbird Looking for old mail or a recent message from a certain contact? Let Mozilla Thunderbird help with near-instant and flexible search results. 28 of 50 How to Group Messages in Mozilla Thunderbird Collapse all old mail in a folder, or see only the messages with high importance in your Mozilla Thunderbird Inbox. Grouping by sort order makes it all possible. 29 of 50 How to Send an Image Inline Without Attaching It in Mozilla Thunderbird Don't send huge emails, point to the location of the image on the web instead. Here's how to send your images inline in emails without attaching them with Mozilla Thunderbird, Netscape or Mozilla. 30 of 50 How to Chat (Using Facebook, Google Talk, IRC, etc.) in Mozilla Thunderbird Exchange chat messages (using Facebook Chat, Google Talk, IRC and XMPP) right in Mozilla Thunderbird. Here's how to set up chat accounts and Twitter to converse rapidly with chat transcripts saved — and found again easily — in Mozilla Thunderbird. 31 of 50 How to Export Mail from Thunderbird to Outlook Express and Other Email Programs Migrate all your mail from Mozilla Thunderbird to Outlook Express, from where you can further export it to other email programs, if necessary. 32 of 50 How to Export Contacts from the Mozilla Thunderbird Address Book If your contacts are in Mozilla Thunderbird but this is not where they should be, you can save them to a CSV file, which in turn allows you to import the email addresses and other details in another program. 33 of 50 How to Import Mail from Outlook Express in Mozilla Thunderbird It's easy, fast and effortless to import all your email messages from Outlook Express into Mozilla Thunderbird. 34 of 50 How to Send a Message to a Mailing List with Mozilla Thunderbird Send an email to a group of people easily with Mozilla Thunderbird. 35 of 50 How to View the Source of a Message in Mozilla Thunderbird Hey Mozilla Thunderbird, show me everything, in plain text. 36 of 50 How to Turn on the Spam Filter in Mozilla Thunderbird Mozilla Thunderbird, Netscape and Mozilla include highly effective junk mail filtering. Make sure it's turned on so you can profit from a much cleaner Inbox. 37 of 50 Compact Folders Now and Then in Mozilla Thunderbird Only compact folders are good folders. Here's how to compact your mail folders in Mozilla Thunderbird, Netscape or Mozilla and reclaim wasted disk space. 38 of 50 How to Check for New Mail Periodically in Mozilla Thunderbird Stop hitting the "Get Msgs" button. Mozilla Thunderbird can do that for you, automatically and comfortably. 39 of 50 How to Get New Mail Alerts from Mozilla Thunderbird Learn about new emails in your inboxes with incoming mail alerts from Mozilla Thunderbird (which can show sender, subject and message preview as well). 40 of 50 How to Edit Received Email Messages in Mozilla Thunderbird Do you forward messages to yourself to add a few comments or ideas to emails you have received? How about simply editing them, right in Mozilla Thunderbird? 41 of 50 How to Log POP, IMAP and SMTP Traffic in Mozilla Thunderbird Make helpful support people happy (and extra helpful) support people, or find out yourself what might be wrong with your email settings by taking a close look at what Mozilla Thunderbird does --- and what happens --- when you try to send or receive mail. 42 of 50 How to Use the "Templates" Folder in Mozilla Thunderbird The "Templates" folder in Mozilla Thunderbird is useful, even for message templates! 43 of 50 How to Create a Mailing List in Mozilla Thunderbird Deliver mail to a group of people easily with Mozilla Thunderbird by setting up a simple, but useful mailing list. 44 of 50 How to Display Only Unread Messages in Mozilla Thunderbird Away with all distractions in my Inbox! Here's how to hide all read mail in a folder in Mozilla Thunderbird. 45 of 50 How to Change an Email Account's Password in Mozilla Thunderbird Updating your email account's password to keep security high? Here's how to make Mozilla Thunderbird forget the old and let you enter the new password. 46 of 50 How to Add an Arbitrary Custom Header to Email in Mozilla Thunderbird Want to add your fancy custom header to your emails in Mozilla Thunderbird? 47 of 50 How to Add a Dictionary to the Mozilla Thunderbird Spell Checker Teach your Mozilla Thunderbird spell checker a new language. 48 of 50 How to Change the Default Font Face and Color for Incoming Mail in Thunderbird Have Mozilla Thunderbird display messages you are reading using your favorite font face and color. 49 of 50 How to Delete a Message Bypassing the Trash in Mozilla Thunderbird Delete consequently with this Mozilla Thunderbird, Netscape and Mozilla keyboard shortcut. It lets you remove messages immediately without putting them in the Trash. 50 of 50 How to Forward a Message with Mozilla Thunderbird Send emails on and on and on and on and... with Mozilla Thunderbird.