Turn Thunderbird into an Organizational and Communication Powerhouse
Goal: Take Mozilla’s Thunderbird and turn it into the digital secretary that you have always wanted.
If you don’t like (or want to pay for) Microsoft Outlook, you can still have a powerful, feature-packed communication / information organizer. Mozilla’s Thunderbird is a program that handles basic email needs superbly. While it’s pretty basic to start, it can be extended to do just about everything that Outlook can do, along with a few things Outlook can’t.
To replace Microsoft Outlook, you’ll need the big three features: Email, Contacts, and Calendaring.
We’ll do the following things with these features:
Email – Thunderbird does a great job of handling email, but you can tweak it into an email juggernaut by doing the following:
- Combine Outlook’s folders with Gmail’s tags
- Search the full text of your emails with the power of Google
- Spell check and look up definitions of email text
- Automatically zip file attachments to shrink email size
- Create emails and schedule when they are automatically sent
Contacts – Thunderbird handles contacts, but they’re not integrated as seamlessly as Outlook’s. Until you do the following:
- Set up an integrated Address Book that can be used for emails, calendar appointments, and more
- Sync your Contacts with web services like Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, and more
Calendar – Thunderbird does not come with a built in calendar, but we’
- Install an integrated calendar
- Sync your calendar with web services like Google Calendar, Yahoo, and more
- View and share online calendars from your friends and popular web services
Let’s do some customizing.