Introduction to Thunderbird, part 6, installing add-ons (and Lightning!)
OK, so now we've come a fair bit along the way of getting to know Thunderbird. But some of the best still remains.. :)
It is possible to change how Thundebird works and/or add new functionality, through the use of add-ons. Add-ons are readily available in Thunderbird, and now I will show you a bit about installing add-ons, as well as using an add-on (in this case Lightning, a full-featured calendar solution that plugs into Thunderbird).
Let's get started.. we start with the initial Thunderbird view and getting to the add-ons tab:
Above you first select the Tools menu, and then click on add-ons. If the menubar with Tools etc. isn't visible, try pressing down F10 on the keyboard and it should appear.
Click on the Lightning (highlighted) and the following screen appears:
Click on the green "Add to Thunderbird" button, and the following should appear (if it doesn't, don't worry and go to the next step):
Wait for the countdown to finish and it will be possible to click on "Install now". Press "Install Now". When the add-on is installed, the screen should appear as below, and you can restart Thunderbird to have it working with the new add-on.
And here's how the initial view of Thunderbird with the Lightning Calendar add-on should look, in the area to the right that is highlighted:
You can press on the icon in the upper left of the highlighted area. This will bring up the calendar in full view, as seen here:
I've highlighted the add Event and add Task buttons. First, let's press on the add Event button and this screen should appear:
Here you can enter various information about the event you want to add. I've set the Title (subject), nothing on Location and selected the Business category. Calendar: Home is the default calendar (you can add more, but more about that in another article). The event needs a start and an end, and repeat/reminder we'll cover later. Description is whatever else you need to jot down about the event, that is useful to keep with the event. OK - so enter your info and press "Save and Close".
Next up we'll add a task. Press on the add Task button, and the following window should appear:
The Title is a short description of the task, Location isn't set, nor is category. Calendar: Home is again the default calendar, and we set a start and end date and time for the task. I was adding this task as I was working on it, so "In Process" was set as status, and I guess I was about 40% complete when I entered this task. Again we have repeat and reminder, this time I'm setting a reminder 5 minutes before the task begins.
OK, so press "Save and Close" and Thunderbird should look something like this with the calendar view:
As you see, I've highlighted the event and task we've added. You can explore a bit more yourself, try for example to right-click on the event or task and you'll get some options.
OK, that's it for this article, hope you found it fun, interesting and useful. :)
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