Install Thunderbird

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19 Nov 2020: Option set to show all folders without subscribing individually. Lists of add-ons updated. CardBook add-on added.

8 Sep 2020: 'Manually sort folders' add-on added.

12 Aug 2020: Revised to fix font for print headers only.

11 Aug 2020: First Created.


Thunderbird is an email client.

Install Thunderbird

Download release 68.11.0 from here and install:

Do not upgrade to release 78 yet because not all required Add-ons are compatible.

Set up the first email account.

For Gmail account, enter the Gmail address and use automatic setup.

Use the following settings to manually set up email account accessing company's email server:

  • Account Name: kctcl
  • Your Name: K C Tang Consultants Ltd.
  • Email Address:
  • Incoming Server Type: IMAP Mail Server
  • Server Name:
  • Port: 993
  • Connection security: SSL/TLS
  • Authentication method: Normal password
  • Outgoing Server Name:
  • Port: 465
  • Connection security: SSL/TLS
  • Authentication method: Normal password

Select Tools > Accounts Setting to further define or adjust the settings:

Uncheck "Show only subscribed folders" to show all folders instead of subscribing individually:

(Added, 11 Nov 2020)


Select Tools > Accounts Setting > Account Actions > Add Mail Account to add other accounts.

Leave the options under Tools > Options as the default.

Install Add-ons​​​​​​​

Select Tools > Add-ons.

Search at "Find more extensions" for the following add-ons, install them and restart Thunderbird:

  1. AttachmentExtractor Continued - to download attachments (not supported by Thunderbird release 78)
  2. CardBook - to synchronize Google contacts
  3. ImportExport Tools NG - to import or export emails or folders, good for exporting for archive 
  4. LookOut (fix version) - to open Outlook attachments
  5. Manually sort folders - to re-sequence order of accounts and folders
  6. PrintingTools NG - to set print page layout (not supported by Thunderbird release 78)
  7. Quick Folder Move - to move or copy emails between folders
  8. Remove Duplicate Messages - to remove duplicate emails
  9. SmartTemplate4 - to set templates for composition, reply and forwarding

The following add-ons no longer need to be installed:

  1. Lightning - to use calendars (better use Google calendars directly)
  2. Provider for CalDAD & CardDAV - required for TbSync below
  3. TbSync - to synchronize contact, task and calendar information (no longer supporting Google).

(Lists updated, 19 Nov 2020)

Setup CardBook

(Section added, 19 Nov 2020)

After installing the Add-on, select Tools > CardBook > Dropdown Icon on the left of Synchronize > Address Book > New Address Book:

Select Remote > Next:

Select Google. 

Enter full Google account name (password not needed here).

Select Validate to another screen to validate with password > Next if validated:

Simplify the address book name.

Select the colour as desired > Next:

The name of the address book will appear on the left window. Select Synchronize to download the contacts.

Select Preferences at the CardBook toolbar > General to further define as follows:

Select Sync to define as follows;

Use Quick Folder Move

Select some messages.

Press the following keys to open a context menu, enter a few characters for the name of the destination folder to display possible choices, move down to select the folder, and press Enter.


Shift+M to move the currently selected messages to the destination folder.

Ctrl+Shift+M to repeat moving to the previously selected folder.

Shift+Y to copy the currently selected messages to the destination folder.

Ctrl+Shift+Y to repeat copying to the previously selected folder.

Shift+G to jump to the destination folder (without the need to pre-select come messages).

Setup Remove Duplicate Messages

Select Tools > Add-on Options > Remove Duplicate Options:

Select Move to Trash instead of Delete permanently if not sure.

Select Folder if comparison is not across different folder.

Setup Print Page

Select File > Page Setup:

Setup Printing Options

Select File > Printing Options:

(Revised to fix font for headers only, 13 Aug 2020)

Setup SmartTemplate4

Select Tools > Add-on Options > SmartTemplate4:

Copy and paste the following latest Code in the Quote Header of the Reply and Forward options:

<a blank line first>

Mr. K C Tang <replace with your name>
K C Tang Consultants Ltd.
T:(852)2866-6451 F:(852)2865-4751

<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">
<b>Sent: </b>%X:=sent% %datelocal% %date_tz%
​​​​​​​<b>From: </b>%from(name,bracketMail())%
<b>To: </b>
<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt">
[[<br><b>Cc: </b>
<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt">
%cc(name,bracketMail())%</SPAN>]][[<br><b>Bcc: </b>
<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt">
<b>Subject: </b>%subject%

Insert license key in the next menu.

Setup TbSync

TbSync no longer supports Google.

(Note added, 19 Nov 2020)

Select Tools > Synchronization Settings (TbSync):

Or select Tools > Add-on Options to go to the following, then select Add new account > CalDAV & CardDAV:

Select Install Provider > download link:

Add CalDAV & CardDAV:

After adding, and re-starting Thunderbird as necessary, go back and select Google > Next:

Enter a friendly account name and select Next:

Enter Google account email address and its password:

Select Finish:

Select Enable and synchronize this account:

Available resources like Google address book and calendars will be displayed.

Select those to be synchronized > Synchronize now:

The address book and calendars will be available for use.

Change Periodic synchronization (in minutes) to 10. The app will probably change it to 30.


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