Thunderbird – why hast thou forsaken me!!!!!


I tried to do exactly what you did, and it became clear what your problem is.

The “Preformat” paragraph style is what’s doing you in. It’s in block format, which means Thunderbird will select the whole block if you click somewhere in the block but not on text (like you did on the newline). The other nasty behaviours mentioned are also related to this.

The easiest option is to not use Preformat, but instead use the “Fixed width” Text style in the dropdown, where the downpoint is losing tab stops (they’ll be converted into spaces).

If you really want tab stops for “Fixed width”, go to the top of the message and insert this using Menu > Insert > HTML:

tt {white-space:pre}

You can’t do the reverse to fix the Preformat paragraph style itself, as the HTML editor handles paragraph insertion differently.

Unfortunately Thunderbirds own template system is a bit cumbersome, but you can use it using Save As > Template on an empty message with the HTML insertion, and then start a new message by clicking the template in the Templates folder.

A third option is to install Quicktext ( and create a HTML template such as this for code snippets:


In my previous message, the code bits should have been:

(style)tt {white-space:pre}(/style)


(tt style=”white-space:pre”)[[CURSOR]](/tt)

replace () with html brackets.


The most annoying part is that this behavior has changed and not for the better. Which is, unfortunately, what I expect from Mozilla.

Thee, not thou.

@laccy “Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani”

Ah…you have forsaken me not, as I’ve learned here:

Thou wast in the next room. (one person, subject)
I saw thee in the next room. (one person, object)

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For other uses, see Thou (disambiguation).

Most modern English speakers encounter “thou” only * * * It is still used in parts of Northern England and the far north of Scotland. Thou is the nominative form; the oblique/objective form is thee (functioning as both accusative and dative),

apparently writing the world’s most famous aramaic phrase is a website killer. I should’ve known better… Apologies Eli.

Matthew 27:46.

“Eli” is the subject of the phrase making the pronoun nominative and thus “thou”, not “thee”.

I actually titled the post “Thunderbird! Why hast thou forsaken me” but WP changed the “!” to a ” -“

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