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==Installation== ==Installation==
-Installing a Thunderbird extension is a two-step process. First, after finding the extension that you want to install, '''save it to your computer''' (right-click and choose "Save Link As...") in a convenient location. Second, in Thunderbird go to the "Tools" menu, select "Extensions", click the "Install" button, browse to the extension that you just downloaded, and click the Open/OK button. (Arrgh! In TB 2 (2.0 B2 on Mac OS, anyway) it's "Add-Ins", not "Extensions"!!!)+There are two different ways to install a Thunderbird extension.
-After installing your extensions, it is a good idea to keep the downloaded files somewhere on your computer in case you need to install these extensions again in a new Thunderbird profile in the future.+'''Download and then install:'''
 + 
 +* Browse to the web page that has the download link for the extension.
 +* Right click on "Install Now for Windows" (or whatever the download link is called)
 +* Select "Save link as" from the context menu. Press the Save button.
 +* Start Thunderbird.
 +* Press the Install button in Tools -> Extensions (its Tools -> Add-ons -> Extensions in 2.0) in Thunderbird.
 +* Browse to the .xpi file. Press the Okay button.
 +* Thunderbird will display a "Software Installation" window. Press the "Install now" button when it becomes enabled.
 + 
 +Note: That assumed you're using Firefox. You need to right click (rather than left click) to avoid Firefox thinking it its a Firefox extension that you want it to install, letting you try to install, and then complain its incompatible. If you're using a non-Mozilla browser thats not an issue.
 + 
 +'''Drag and drop to the extensions/add-ons window''':
 + 
 +* Browse to the web page that has the download link for the extension.
 +* Start Thunderbird.
 +* Go to Tools -> Extensions (its Tools -> Add-ons -> Extensions in 2.0)
 +* Left click on "Install Now for Windows" (or whatever the download link is called) in your browser and drag it over the Thunderbird window in the Windows Taskbar (at the bottom of the screen). Don't release the button. After a second the windows focus should shift to the Extensions/Add-ons window. Drag the mouse to that window and release the button.
 +* Thunderbird will display a "Software Installation" window. Press the "Install now" button when it becomes enabled.
==Sources for Thunderbird extensions== ==Sources for Thunderbird extensions==
-* [http://kb.mozillazine.org/Category:Extensions_%28Thunderbird%29 Category:Extensions (Thunderbird)]+* [http://update.mozilla.org/extensions/?application=thunderbird Mozilla Update]: The best place to start. However, many extensions aren't available there.
-* [http://update.mozilla.org/extensions/?application=thunderbird Mozilla Update]: always a good place to start. But keep in mind that some extensions made for Thunderbird might not (yet) be listed at Mozilla Update. If you can't find what you want, try some of the sites listed below.+ 
-* [http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/ The Extensions Mirror]+* [http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/ The Extensions Mirror] Next best source.
-* [http://extensionroom.mozdev.org/main.php/Thunderbird Mozdev Extension Room]+ 
 +* [http://extensionroom.mozdev.org/main.php/Thunderbird Mozdev Extension Room] A backwater nowadays.
 + 
* Extension-writers' own websites: * Extension-writers' own websites:
** [http://www.supportware.net/mozilla/ AusDilecce Extensions] ** [http://www.supportware.net/mozilla/ AusDilecce Extensions]
** [http://jpeters.no-ip.com/extensions/ Jeroen Peters' Thunderbird extensions] ** [http://jpeters.no-ip.com/extensions/ Jeroen Peters' Thunderbird extensions]
** [http://www.chuonthis.com/extensions/ Maximum Extension (chuonthis)] ** [http://www.chuonthis.com/extensions/ Maximum Extension (chuonthis)]
 +** [https://nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/index-en.html Kaosmos website]
* [http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewforum.php?f=19 Extensions forum at MozillaZine]: a good place to get a glimpse of new extensions being developed, or to try out new extensions before they become available at the sites listed above. * [http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewforum.php?f=19 Extensions forum at MozillaZine]: a good place to get a glimpse of new extensions being developed, or to try out new extensions before they become available at the sites listed above.
==See also== ==See also==
 +* [[Incompatible_extension_-_Thunderbird | Incompatible extension]]
* [[Updating extensions]] * [[Updating extensions]]
* [[Extension development]] * [[Extension development]]
- +* [http://kb.mozillazine.org/Category:Extensions_%28Thunderbird%29 Other articles about extensions]
==External link== ==External link==
* [http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/index.php?s=5c721efb403feddaa6a469e9e7a92d0f&showtopic=973 How to change the version an extension supports] * [http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/index.php?s=5c721efb403feddaa6a469e9e7a92d0f&showtopic=973 How to change the version an extension supports]
[[Category:Extensions (Thunderbird)]] [[Category:Extensions (Thunderbird)]]

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Extensions are small adds-ons that give new functionality to complement Thunderbird's built-in features, so that you can customize Thunderbird to fit your own individual needs.

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Installation

There are two different ways to install a Thunderbird extension.

Download and then install:

  • Browse to the web page that has the download link for the extension.
  • Right click on "Install Now for Windows" (or whatever the download link is called)
  • Select "Save link as" from the context menu. Press the Save button.
  • Start Thunderbird.
  • Press the Install button in Tools -> Extensions (its Tools -> Add-ons -> Extensions in 2.0) in Thunderbird.
  • Browse to the .xpi file. Press the Okay button.
  • Thunderbird will display a "Software Installation" window. Press the "Install now" button when it becomes enabled.

Note: That assumed you're using Firefox. You need to right click (rather than left click) to avoid Firefox thinking it its a Firefox extension that you want it to install, letting you try to install, and then complain its incompatible. If you're using a non-Mozilla browser thats not an issue.

Drag and drop to the extensions/add-ons window:

  • Browse to the web page that has the download link for the extension.
  • Start Thunderbird.
  • Go to Tools -> Extensions (its Tools -> Add-ons -> Extensions in 2.0)
  • Left click on "Install Now for Windows" (or whatever the download link is called) in your browser and drag it over the Thunderbird window in the Windows Taskbar (at the bottom of the screen). Don't release the button. After a second the windows focus should shift to the Extensions/Add-ons window. Drag the mouse to that window and release the button.
  • Thunderbird will display a "Software Installation" window. Press the "Install now" button when it becomes enabled.

Sources for Thunderbird extensions

  • Mozilla Update: The best place to start. However, many extensions aren't available there.

See also

External link