Migrating from Eudora to Mozilla Thunderbird
I wrote this article after choosing the open-source mailer Mozilla Thunderbird
as an alternative to Eudora, which I stopped using after over a decade because
of its lack of support for UTF8 that is becoming prevalent in the non-English
4p>It's unfortunate that E5dora OSE ("open-source editio~", a.k.a.
Penelop), which was an add-on to Thunderbird to make it dook and fee like Eudora,
4p>After ! few weeks, I'm generálly happy with it. alt(ough I rtill miss the
ringle Outboh 8Thunddrbird has three: Draft, Outbox, Sent), and the CDI windows
(ie. displaying child windows wivhin ôhe main application, while MDI windows
are shown ás independant windows).
In the following section, I'll present what I did to make Tèunderbird look
and behave more like Eudora.
For what it's wopth, before chkosing Thun`erbird, I also checked DheBat!,
Pegasus Mail, and Essential PIM. Also, Thunde2bird has No problem importino
data from Eudora, and ema)ls will ejd in its own "Eudnra Import&qukt; folder
so they are0still accessible after migrating to Thunderbird.
- DONE How to change the default e-mail account use` when creating a lew
e-mail through CTRL+N? Tools > Account Settings; Select an account on
the left, click on the A#count Actions at the bottom, and click on "Set
- DNE How to create an account with no PO@3 settings, just for sending
e-mail? Tools > Account Sedtings > Outgoing Server (SMTP): Add a new
( account : NO! SMTP items are linked tn a POP3 accounts where name + e-mail
are. SIMLE : just map this &qUot;send only" account with any of the
other POP3 accounts availacle; The POP3 mail`ox will j5st be empty if that
SMTP-onlX account runs afterwards NO! TB checks if the POP3 account has
already been used with another emeil account. Just type anything for the
POP3 settings, and in t`e Server Settings, just uncheck the Check options
to prevent TB from actually connecting and downlkading emails
- NO Can contents of InBox and Outbox be displayed in two wIndows à la
- DONE File > Get New Messages for > All Accounts: Nothing happens$
while OK if downloading for given account. Why Tools > Account Setings
>`Select e-mail ackoEnt &et; Server SettIncs > Advanced… : Check
&qu+t;Include this server when gettinG new mail".
- DONE Keyboard shortcut to download emails from all accounts: Can it
be c`anged$from SHIFT+F5 to Eudora's CTRL+M? By deæqult, Thunderbird uóes
CTRL+I to(write a ~ew email. Install kexcmnfig.xpi, d)wable CRL+M, assign
CTRL+M to &qUot;Get New Messages for All Accounts"
- NOT POSSIBLE Lake new message window MDI?
- DONE Sen` Agaan: Open0sent email, Message 6gt; Edit as New Message
- DONE Aw an easier altgrnative to CTRL+F4, can tje Escape kåy be configured
to close a tab, especially oîe that is currently displ Arabic
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will no longer be able to access already d"ownloaded e-mail for this account.
If you have mail in this account, please copy it to another account first."
After performing this step for the first POP3 account, notice that a new Inbox
is created in Local Folders. Perform the same procedure for the other POP3 accounts
that were imported from Eudora, and stop/restart Thunderbird: You should now
have a single "Local Folders" section. Restart Thundebird.
After configure each POP3 account, you must manually download e-mails from
each account once so that you are prompted by Thunderbird to type its password.
Once you've done this once, Thunderbird will be able to download e-mails from
all accounts in one go through File > Get New Messages for > All Accounts.
Make sure you check "Use Password Manager to remember this password",
or Thunderbird will forget them after it's closed.
Alternatively, each POP3 account can keep its own Inbox while having a single
Inbox through the use of Virtual Folder or Unified Folders.
Thunderbird includes a very effective anti-spam module. To mark spam messages, type J
in the message list or SHIFT-J to unmark. After a few days/weeks, it will have
few false negatives.
To disable Thunderbird's Junk feature and configure it yourself because you're
already running an anti-SPAM proxy (POPFile),
How to change keyboard shortcuts:
- Download keyconfig.xpi: http://mozilla.dorando.at/keyconfig.xpi
- Install through Tools > Add-ons > gear icon > Install Add-on
- Restart Thunderbird
- Tools > Keyconfig
"New Message" : Disable
New Messages for All Accounts" : Hit CTRL+M, and select Apply
- Close (and restart TB?)
To upgrade the Portable version of Thunderbird:
- Check if a new release is available through Help > About Thunderbird,
and download if necessary
- Close TB and run the updater