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5 Useful Thunderbird Add-ons

Mozilla Thunderbird is one of the popular, safe and fast email clients which is pretty easy to use as well. Just like Firefox, Thunderbird also support a vast number of Add-ons. Listed here are the Top 5 useful add-ons for Mozilla Thunderbird.

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1. Contact Sidebar: Contact Sidebar displays all available address books in a sidebar in the 3-pane-window of Thunderbird. It makes all your contacts easy accessible from the main window to quickly write messages, or to edit the properties of a contact card. It also allows you to drag & drop files and messages to a contact to easily add attachments to a new message to this contact.

Contacts

2. Auto Zip Attachments: Auto Zip Attachments allows you to easily compress (zip) attachments. A button named “AutoZip” is added to the compose toolbar. Upon pressing the button all the attachments would be compressed into a single file. Then the attachments are replaced with the zipped file. This add-on gives lot of options for compressing and naming a file.

AutoZip

3. Attachment Extractor: Attachment Extractor has the ability to extract all the attachments at the same time without having to select each attachment and then extracting it. With this add-on, all you need is to select the messages having attachment and select “Extract attachments”. This is again a very useful add-on for people having lot of attachment mails.

Attachment extractor

4. Signature Switch: Signature Switch allows you to create multiple e-mail signatures for personal, business etc and easily switch between them while sending mails. It also provides configurable signature auto-switch option based on the email recipients.

Signature Switch

5. Send Later: Send Later allows you to compose a mail and send it at a later scheduled time. When the β€œSend Later” option is chosen (Ctrl+Shift+Enter- shortcut), the extension saves the message to draft and monitors the messages in the draft folder, when the chosen time arrives it moves the message to unsent and sends unsent messages.

Send Later

There are few other add-ons which are useful ones like the Mail Redirect (which allows to export emails to email id), Quick Folder (organizing folders), GmailUI (Gmail concepts in Thunderbird).

If you have any other useful add-on for Thunderbird, please share it here. If you have not used Thunderbird yet, you can download it from here.

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. TechZilo

    August 4, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Checking out #2 and #3. They seem to be useful when working at tandem.

  2. ram

    August 4, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    i never used these add-ons, i will check 1&5 πŸ˜€

  3. Shankar Ganesh

    August 4, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    I love the 4th one :mrgreen:

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  5. abhishek bhatnagar

    August 4, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    I m a lover of thunderbird but i never used any plugins but from now i will start using all of them.

    I hope they wont slow down thunderbird ?

  6. nirmaltv

    August 4, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    @Abhishek,
    I dont think it will slow down Thunderbird, its similar to Firefox add-ons.

  7. Rishi

    August 5, 2007 at 8:30 am

    I don’t use Thunderbird but still after reading this toplist of such amazing add-ons, I may start using it! πŸ™‚

    I have heard a lot of GmailUI and AutoZip on other blog reviews also, they seem to be the best!

  8. kuanhoong

    August 5, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Hmm, I am not a big fan of Thunderbird, but thanks for the tips. πŸ˜€

  9. Vijay

    August 5, 2007 at 9:07 am

    I haven’t tried out Thunderbird till now, but I just may seeing how good it sounds.

  10. ReviewSaurus

    August 5, 2007 at 9:13 am

    Mail scheduler seems to be a good plugin. But what will happen if your computer will be off at that point of time????

  11. nirmaltv

    August 5, 2007 at 10:28 am

    @Vijay,
    Thunderbird is worth a try although its not the best Email clients.

    @ReviewSaurus,
    I haven’t checked that condition yet. πŸ™‚

  12. CristianR

    August 5, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    I’ve never used ThunderBird , but after reading this article I’m going to try it out .

  13. Chris

    August 6, 2007 at 2:06 am

    I already use 1 and 2, never saw 3,4, and 5 though but downloading them now πŸ™‚

  14. ReviewSaurus

    August 6, 2007 at 7:42 am

    Did you check it now???

  15. nirmaltv

    August 6, 2007 at 10:28 am

    @Mayank,
    I’m not able to check it as the Firewall client in my office is not allowing me to access Gmail from Thunderbird. Let me try it again and will let you know If I’m able to connect.

  16. Technobuzz.net

    August 6, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    THanks For this List and 3 one is My fav πŸ™‚

  17. Ken Xu

    August 6, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    I use Thunderbird everyday, but never touch the extension section! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the tips. I will definitely try it out! Stumbled!

  18. nirmaltv

    August 6, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    @Ken Xu,
    Thanks for the Stumble. πŸ™‚

  19. Benedict Herold

    August 6, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    May be I should switch to Thunderbird soon. Nice list for my reference later!

  20. ReviewSaurus

    August 6, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    @ Nirmal : Did I read it correctly???? Access GMail from thunderbird!!!!! So, when did you switch to GMail. 😈

  21. nirmaltv

    August 6, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    @Mayank,
    To access Thunderbird, I need an account with POP3 access, actually I was about to add Inbox.com account, but then there is a build in features to configure Gmail account, so I added it. I never switched to Gmail. I use it only for Gtalk. By the way I don’t use Thunderbird. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  22. praveen

    August 7, 2007 at 8:42 am

    I use eudora with which i feel very comfortable and very light and a speedy tool . i have to give a try on thunderbird

  23. dEEPAK

    August 12, 2007 at 7:39 am

    My favorites, Contact Sidebar, AutoZip and minimize to tray (on windows..) I’m waiting for it’s Linux version…

  24. rogel a.k.a turon

    September 23, 2008 at 6:26 am

    thunderbird is one of the best mail client. try it!

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