Thunderbird, from the Mozilla Foundation and sometimes called Mozilla Thunderbird, is my new email program of choice. I had tried Thunderbird several years ago, but didn’t use it because I couldn’t do some of the things that I did with Eudora. Sometime back, I switched from Eudora to Eudora OSE, which was built upon the Thunderbird code base.
I made the move to Thunderbird after a brief trial, changing from Eudora Open Source Edition (Eudora OSE). The transition was amazingly easy.
While Eudora OSE was more than just a "skin" for Thunderbird, the underlying functions were all, or mostly, Thunderbird’s. One big hint is that Eudora OSE stores the user’s personal files (and personalizations) in the same folder that Thunderbird uses. Even more obvious of the link, that folder (in Windows 7) was
That meant, when I installed Thunderbird onto my computer, Thunderbird didn’t even try to import my emails, my email address book, or my email filter rules. They were stored in Thunderbird’s usual location, so it just opened them and proceeded normally.
My filters work perfectly, I can edit their test conditions now, and sending and receiving emails works fine.
Some of the program’s default display settings are a little different than I’m used to. For example, the list of emails in a folder shows email "priority" and tags that I can set, but it doesn’t show who sent the email! Strange, but easy to fix.
As usual, if I wanted to sort the list of emails by one of the displayed fields (tag, date, size, subject, etc.), all I have to do is to left-click on the column heading label where it says the name of the field (tag, date, etc.).
To change what’s displayed, just right-click on one of those column headings. That will open an checklist where you can choose what to display.
I didn’t like the default columns, which were Status, Priority, Attachment, Tag, Date, Size, Junk(a one-click classification button on each email in the list) and Subject. So, I unchecked some of them and checked some others. My columns now are Status, Attachment, From, Date, Size, Junk and Subject.
Strangely, it appeared that I could not set the displayed columns and have it applicable to all email folders. The choices are to apply it to a specific folder or to apply it to a specific folder and all of its sub-folders (its "children").
Note the tense of the verbs in the previous paragraph — as I wrote this article, I realized how to do it. When you pick Apply Columns to… and pick Folder and Its Children from the flyout menu, the first thing you get is another flyout that says Local Folders. That one doesn’t let you change anything. But, if you use the flyout from it, you get the list of all your Local Folders (Inbox, Drafts, Sent, Junk, Trash, Outbox, and any folder that you’ve set up). At the top of the list are the words "Local Folders" — that’s not just a redundant label, though, it’s actually selectable.
So, make the changes you want to one folder, then on the same right-click menu where you made the changes, select Apply Columns to… and pick Folder and Its Children from the flyout menu. Hover over Local Folders to get its flyout listing, and click on Local Folders from that flyout. Now, the changes are applied to all your email folders in Thunderbird.
What about Eudora OSE? I can close Thunderbird and then open Eudora OSE. It’s like I’ve been using Eudora OSE all along. The emails I downloaded (or sent) while using Thunderbird are there when I’m in Eudora OSE — and vice versa. It’s nice the files are the same.
I started the whole process by backing up my Eudora OSE files and settings, just in case. I used the lazy method — an incremental backup using Acronis True Image Home 2012.
Thunderbird is free and can be downloaded from http://www.mozilla.org/thunderbird .