Installing Extensions

Although Thunderbird and Firefox share the same Extension Manager architecture, there is one important differenceextension files are installed differently in Thunderbird from the way they are in Firefox. In Firefox, you can click the .xpi file directly and have it installed into the Extension Manager (note that there is no "Install" button in the Firefox Extension Manager, but there is in Thunderbird, as shown in Figure 13-1).

Figure 13-1. Thunderbird Extension Manager.

In Thunderbird, you must right-click the file and save it to a location on your computer, and then install it through the Extension Manager interface (the same procedure applies when it comes to themes). To install an extension in Thunderbird, simply do the following:


Locate the relevant extension, either at UMO or at another site.


Right-click the Download link for the extension (or the file itself) and save the file to a location on your computer.


Click the Install button and highlight the extension file you want to install.


A dialog box appears that requests your permission to install the extension. This measure is built into Thunderbird to protect you from possibly installing malicious software by confirming that you actually want to install the file.


After a brief delay, the Install button becomes active. Click this button. This delay is intentional. It was installed as a security measure to protect users from accidentally installing an extension.


The .xpi file installs in Extension Manager. A progress meter shows the progress until the extension installation is complete.

After installation, you must restart Thunderbird in order to enable the extension.

Extension Development and Version Numbers

Remember that extensions are constantly under development and may contain different features by the time this book goes to press. Make sure when you download an extension that it is compatible with the version of Thunderbird you are running.

For information on managing, disabling, and uninstalling extensions, refer to Chapter 7.

    Firefox and Thunderbird Garage (Garage Series)
    Firefox and Thunderbird Garage
    ISBN: 0131870041
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2003
    Pages: 185

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