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04-02-2010, 04:10 PM
Hi all,

Does anyone know how to change the reply header format in Mozilla Thunderbird?

Currently the history of the reply in Mozilla is:
On 2/02/2010 10:20 a.m., Sam David wrote:

Whilst in Outlook the one is much nicer and clear, for example:
__________________________________________________ ______________
From: Henry Mark [mailto:markh001@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, 4 February 2010 3:26 p.m.
To: Sam David
Subject: Re: Stuff

Does anyone know how to change the Mozilla Thunderbird one to look more like the Outlook one? I want the page break/line between messages!

04-02-2010, 04:57 PM

Change the reply header

The standard reply header "[author] wrote:" can be changed to virtually anything, so make your e-mails more personalized. Add and modify the following code to your user.js file, instructions are in the comments:

// Change the reply header
// 0 - No Reply-Text
// 1 - "[Author] wrote:"
// 2 - "On [date] [author] wrote:"
// 3 - User-defined reply header. Use the prefs below in conjunction with this:
user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_type", 3);

// If you set 3 for the pref above then you may set the following prefs.
user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_authorwrote", "%s said the following");
user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_ondate", "on %s");
user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_separator", " ");
user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_colon", ":");
// The end result will be [authorwrote][separator][ondate][colon]

04-02-2010, 05:25 PM
Is there an easier way? I'm not all that familiar with programming to go through with that. Is there a add on or something more simple?

04-02-2010, 05:37 PM

Scroll to bottom of page.
Right click the link / Save As
Save somewhere you remember.
Open Thunderbird.
Click Tools / Add ons / Install
Now find the changequote-0.6.4.xpi.xpi file you just downloaded. Select it / Click Open

It should install and restart TB.

Once that is done...

Click Tools / Add on's

There should be a new add on called "Change quote and reply format 0.64 "

Now, click the Options button under the title.

In the new window that has opened, click the circle next to "Customized Reply Header"

Copy and paste the following into the rectangular section

From: %%6 (%%7)
Sent: %%5
To: %%2 {{%%3}}
Subject: %%4

Also, tick box next to "Add Line Break....."

Click OK

Close Add On Window.

Now if you reply to an email, it should be close to the original outlook style.