Thunderbird 60.5.x and plaintext messages

Submitted by Unifex on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 08:12

Thunderbird is awesome. For a desktop e-mail client. However, HTML e-mail is abused so much I consider it to be the bane of my day.

I recently got a new machine at work and started with a fresh install. This meant my previous settings from Thunderbird didn't migrate with the update and the latest version has had a major refactoring of the layout and menus. Searching for how to turn on plain text e-mail was only returning directions that worked for the previous version and the path through the menus doesn't exist any more.

To reenable plain text e-mail now the easiest option I found was to open the Config Editor from the Preferences > Preferences > Advanced tab. From there search for 'plaintext' and enable (double click to toggle) the mailnews.display.prefer_plaintext setting.

Those e-mails with the coloured backgrounds, visually incompetent layout, headings and colour choices...

Gone.

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