Thunderbird mail client extension which allows to open and edit your messages in an external text editor such as NEdit, emacs, etc...
The External Editor button is not visible by default; you must customize your composer toolbar:
- Open the compose window
- Select the menu View/Toolbars/Customize..., or right click on the toolbar and select Customize...
- Drag and Drop the new icon External Editor on your toolbar
- Click OK
Then, open the extension option window and set your editor (without path or with an absolute path)
Just click on the extension button or use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl-E), edit your message in your editor (while editing, the compose window is disabled), save, close, and the message will be updated in the compose window.
Emacs users can install this major mode designed for EE (look here for details).
When editing a HTML message, the External Editor button provides a drop-down menu allowing to edit as HTML (thus keeping all text enhancements), or as plain text.
Starting with version 0.6, unicode is supported. You must set unicode encoding in the Compose window before launching External Editor: Menu Options/Character Encoding: Unicode (UTF-8).
Headers can be edited in the external editor, given as a comma separated list in a paragraph before the message content.
Supported headers are:
Subject, To, Cc, Bcc, Reply-To, Newsgroup.
Subject: Here is the subject To: adressTo1, adressTo2 Cc: adressCc1 Bcc: Reply-To: -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=# Don't remove this line #=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ... the mail content begins here ...
But you can then modify it, use multiple lines, and add as many headers type as you want. Example:
To: adresseTo1, adresseTo2 adresseTo3 adresseTo4, adresseTo5 Cc: adresseCc1 adresseCc2, adresseCc3 To:adresseTo6 To:adresseTo7 ... -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=# Don't remove this line #=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
- Your external editor must run in foreground, i.e. must not return before you close the file.
- NEdit: use
- gvim: use
- and for vim: use
"xterm -e vim"
- NEdit: use
External Editor has been tested on Windows (XP and later) and Linux. It also works on Mac OSX, beginning with Thunderbird 1.1.
How to build
Make sure you have perl and zip installed on your system and run: