When I am composing an e-mail message in Thunderbird, the individual
lines of text occupy about half the screen width, but when I receive
messages, even ones I've composed and sent to myself when checking
layout, they display on the full width of the screen. In many cases
this isn't a problem, but if I do some cutting and pasting, importing
text from elsewhere, or re-wrapping when composing a message, it can
end up after it's been sent with some sentences or sections occupying
half the screen width and others the full width, which must be
irritating for the recipient in trying to read or print it.
How do I set the line-length when composing so that under any
circumstance it will display over the full width of the screen, so
that what I type, irrespective of cuts, pastes, re-wraps etc, appear
the same as what I or others receive. I've gone through the
tools-options menu and the tools-account setting, but can see no
reference to setting line length for message composition.
On Fri, 05 Oct 2012 09:38:07 +0100, The Natural Philosopher
Thanks for the quick reply. That's just the sort of command I've been
looking for, but I must be missing something because I can find no
such sequence under edit, nor under tools->options->composition, nor
tools->options->display, nor under tools->account settings. Under edit
I have select all (ctrl+A) and rewrap (ctrl+R), as AB points out, but
nothing about setting the screen width in the way you describe. I must
be doing something wrong, but what? Is it something to do with plain
text messages, but AFAIK I only send in plain text anyway
(tools->account settings->composition and addressing->compose messages
in HTML format, box is unchecked)?
Something I have only noticed recently, there are 3 options on replying
to a message, Reply, Followup and Forward. I can only remember in the
past Reply, which I always used, now that writes to the person who sent
the message whereas Followup writes to the newsgroup, the result is that
several times I have pressed the wrong button, luckily most peeps have a
false email address, so I just get a delivery fail message, but a couple
of times it has landed in the previous writers letter box, and upset them!
If you use the reply button on the top tool bar then it works as you
would expect (i.e. does a reply to group). The one on the message pane
area is a bit more "specific" and duplicates some of the options on the
main message menu.
Ooops yes it all became 'spanner only' in turd 3.0 and up
here's a 3 years old answer that may work
Tools => Options => General Tab => Advanced Configuration - Config
Editor => (and go down to find) Mailnews.wraplength
you can change the setting to 80 or 90 or whatever you want the wrap to
Try that and see how that works for you.
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On Fri, 05 Oct 2012 19:20:56 +0100, The Medway Handyman
In version 15.0.1
Tools => Options => Advanced => General Tab. Click on the 'Config
Editor' button in the Advanced Configuration box. Pass over the 'here
be dragons' warning and search for Mailnews.wraplength
Na, that's someone giving instructions for a years out of date linux
If you really want to find the setting (and there is not much point
since the default is 72), you need Tools Menu | Options... | Advanced
button | Config editor button. Then type wrap into the search box and
you will see the setting.
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