Since I’ve started using Thunderbird, I’m starting to get questions about Thunderbird, too, like this one from subscriber Bert:
I’m glad you like Thunderbird email – I have been using it for some time now and also think it is good.
However, one thing that either I can’t figure out, or is a feature that is missing:
When sending or forwarding an email, you cannot access your address book and click on those to send it to. We have to enter part of the name and it will retrieve the full name (usually) – but I will not remember everyone in my large list.
Can you help?
The basic problem is that Thunderbird’s address book assumes a specific sequence when you want to send an email. It expects you to open the address book, and then select the prospective addresses, and click the Write button. But, that opens a new email and addresses to that person.
Want to add a second recipient? That procedure will create a second email…
After some quick tests, I wrote back to Bert to give him the answer.
The starting point is to open the Address book using either the button in the main Thunderbird window, or from the reply/forward email window, Tools > Address Book.
The trick is to find the entry that you want to use in the Address Book. Then, drag it into the Address section of the email you’re preparing.
Thunderbird will apply that address to the email.
Bert quickly wrote back to say:
Got it — many thanks!