I received some questions about my favorite email program Thunderbird from Janet, another new Windows 8.1 user who has been a Terry’s Computer Tips newsletter subscriber for a long time. Janet wanted to know:
Have a new windows 8.1 computer and a new Samsung 3 in one printer. Can’t get it to scan to an email. It will print from an email, and scan, and copy, but not to an email. I can print on it from my laptop Windows 7.
I use Thunderbird also, can’t get it to make folders to put recipes and my file and different things in.
Can you not do that on Thunderbird on Windows 8.1? I was able to do it on my laptop. If my husband makes a golf reservation, he likes to keep it on his fill.
Thanks for any help
With regard to Janet’s first question, that’s really a function of her scanner’s software. It probably provides the ability to set default programs — or additional programs &mdahs; to which the user can "send" a scanned image. We use Paperport, so I know it has that ability, at least in Windows 7 (the computer connected to the scanner doesn’t have Windows 8.1).
Regarding Janet’s other question, since my notebook is a secondary computer for me, I hadn’t previously set up Thunderbird. If I needed to read an email, I was using Mailwasher Pro to give me the ability to read the email as plain text.
I have now set up Thunderbird in my Windows 8.1 notebook. The menu bar is somewhat different than that when running on Windows 7.
As Janet noticed, under Windows 7, the Thunderbird menu bar’s File > New gave a drop-down list of new items you could create, including a new folder.
Under Windows 8.1, Thunderbird does not show Folder as one of the options available via the File > New menu selections.
However, that doesn’t mean that the ability to have and use folders is gone. You just have to create them in a different manner, one that was also available in earlier versions of Thunderbird.
Before we do that, let’s fix the hidden menu bar. If you like the menu bar to be displayed all the time, press and release the Alt key to temporarily display it (this works in most new programs that have hidden their menu bar). Then select View > Toolbars > Menu Bar.
Now, on to Janet’s problem…
In order to create a folder in Thunderbird within Windows 8.1, first make sure that you’re displaying Thunderbird’s Folders pane. Then, right-click on the profile in which you want to create the new folder.
At that point, you get a dropdown menu of options. Select New Folder…
This will open a dialog box in which you can confirm, or change, where the new folder will be created.
Change the location if if you like, give the new folder a name, and click the Create Folder button.
As you can see above, my new folder (called "test folder") has been created.
Now I can use the folder for storing messages or can create message filters to automatically route certain new messages into the folder.