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Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Uncategorized |

4 extensions to improve the use of the “matter” of our emails in Thunderbird

The email is one of the most used communication tools both personally and professionally (although the coldness of the medium we sometimes take the odd misunderstanding). Despite its importance in use and its high level of use, is also hard to believe that one of the most “dangerous” from the point of view of since, if we manage it properly, we can spend the day receiving and answering emails (leaving aside the tasks we have assigned).

Among the bad practices to avoid one in which many users often fall is on the “issues” that field we find between the recipients and the message body that actually has far greater significance than we might reach think. The issue is one of the key areas that help us to discern, at first glance, the importance of an message to the rest that we have in our inbox (sender is also another important factor), therefore, is essential that our affairs are descriptive and provide context to the message.

Given that most email services via webmail and desktop clients like Outlook or alert us if we left empty the “subject” and given it to send the message, if we use the client Mail Mozilla Foundation, we find an interesting collection of extensions for Thunderbird with which to improve the use of this field and facilitate the recipients of our messages, that initial assessment when reviewing your messages.

Clean Subject

Subject Clean is one of those extensions that should be installed by all users or, at least, take this into account when send the reply to an email.

It is not uncommon that some email services (especially in corporate environments) a message marked as spam and add the word to the mail subject, if we add multiple “Re:” in each of the answers chained Case the message can become unmanageable (and probably little or nothing to do with the original if the conversation takes time stretching).

With this extension we can “bleed” all these prefixes that are added to the message subject (we operate a “blacklist” fully configurable) and thus leave on what really matters: the title of the case (which, as we commented MariliĀ­n , it is interesting to adapt the content of the message if it moves away from the original).

Subject Manager

Subject Manager is an interesting addition if within our daily tasks is to send the “message type”, ie, send messages with a number of default cases (for example, because we use a set of templates or work with a set of answers determined).

With this extension we can define a list of default cases and use them when composing a new message by selecting it from a menu (pressing a button). If we want to write a message from scratch and therefore customize the message, we will always have that option available.

Follow Reply

Follow Reply is another extension to consider whether, after multiple mails exchanged, lose track of a conversation because, for example, have been sorting the mail in several local folders. Thanks to this we can add trace related messages (different successive responses) even if they are stored in different folders (a situation where you can not use the group by conversation threads that Thunderbird offers within the same folder).


With ReFwdFormatter can also set the message subject when we send a reply (and it can also make changes to the original message body). And what changes we can make this extension? ReFwdFormatter allow us to eliminate the annoying brackets flanking the subject of a message (the typical Re: [issue]) and ‘>’ that precede the original message lines that appear to indicate that the message is a quote from the original.

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