I’m experimenting with moving to Thunderbird (from Evolution). I like Evolution, but I want to be able to view an entire thread of a conversation in one view - i.e. all messages in a thread, irrespective of what folder they are in - and I haven’t found a way to do that in Evolution.
I think I’ve found a good enough way to do it in Thunderbird, but that means learning new key bindings. This is a reminder for me, for the coming days.
Also, a reminder for me of the add-ons I’ve tried and what I thought/think of them.
Viewing a thread in full, including sent items
In-built “Conversations” function
Ctrl + Shift + O: opens a message in a new tab, as a “conversation”. This shows all messages in the thread, including those in other folders.
Ctrl + W to close the tab.
A downside is that it is only visible when I open a particular message in Conversations view, but definitely better than nothing.
Irritatingly, one cannot open a thread as a conversation; one has to expand the thread, then select an individual message, then open that in conversation view. But that is only one additional key press: right arrow key.
(I also looked at Thunderbird Conversations (formerly “Gmail Conversations”, I think), which is different to the Conversations function within Thunderbird. This add-on puts threading, including from Sent items, within the message preview pane. If I hadn’t found the native Conversations feature (which I prefer), I’d have lived with this instead.)
ThreadVis is another add-on.
It gives a nice visual overview, in the message pane, of the thread history. It shows how threads branch out, and rough timescales.
I am not sure if I will keep this. I installed it while trying to solve the conversations / threading need, and it doesn’t do that, but it looks useful, so I’ll keep it for now.
I like to move it move it
(Moving messages from server to client)
Moving between folders
I have loads of folders, and I want to be able to jump between them quickly.
Shift + G, type the first few chars of the folder name, then down arrow to highlight, then
Enter to select and move.
] to jump between previous and next folders.
Moving an email to a folder
I installed the Quick Folder Move add-on.
With this, I can move a message or thread to a folder with
Shift + M, type the first few chars of the folder name, then
down arrow to highlight, then
Enter to select and move.
Moving between tabs
Alt + number
Alt + 1 (and also
Ctrl + 1).
Moving between sub-applications
Ctrl + 1
Ctrl + 2
Ctrl + 3
Aliases are Identities
Thunderbird calls aliases “Identities”.
Account Settings / name of the account / Manage Identities