How to Save a Message as a Template in Mozilla Thunderbird

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Thunderbird is a desktop email client, an alternative to Microsoft Outlook, from the developers of Firefox. Thunderbird is a free solution to manage your mail more efficiently. It can handle virtual identities and create on-the-fly addresses, and it's widely regarded as having one of the best spam filters, not to mention it features a tabbed interface to make managing your e-mail easier. It's also fast and stable due to the Gecko 5 engine.

Message Templates

If you've customized a message or if you write similar email messages often and would like to save your design for future use, you can easily save your message as a template, allowing you to load it into any message you create going forward, without having to retype the same text over and over. Reuse the template whenever you want. New information can be easily added before the template is sent as an email message.

Save a Message as a Template

To save a message as a template in Mozilla Thunderbird:

  • Compose your template message.
  • Select File | Save As | Template from the menu.

A copy of the message should now be in the Templates folder of your email account.

You can use templates in this folder by double-clicking on them. This opens a copy of the template message which you can modify and then send. The original message in the Templates folder is not affected.