157. Reply or Forward a Message
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
154 Get Your Email
156 Send a Message
Instead of composing an original message, you might want to reply to a message you've been sent. When replying, you can choose to send your reply only to the originator of the message, or to the originator and all other recipients of the original message. When you reply to a message, the original text is typically copied into the new message (depending on your email settings) so that your recipients will know what you're referring to.
If a message is interesting and you want to share it with someone who did not receive it originally, you can forward the message. When you forward a message, the text of the original message is copied into the new message, or simply attached (depending on your email settings). You can easily add your own comments as desired and then send the resulting message.
To change how the original text is treated when you forward a message, choose Tools, Options , and on the Composition page, open the Forward messages list and choose As Attachment or Inline .
To change how original text is handled in replies, choose Tools, Account Settings and display the Composition & Addressing page for the email account you want to change. Enable the Automatically quote the original message when replying option to copy the text, and then select where you want the text placed (at the bottom of the new message, for instance) from the Then list.
Click the Spell button to check your spelling before sending the message. Better yet, set up Thunderbird to check the spelling of all messages automatically. Choose Tools, Options , display the Composition page, and enable the Check spelling before sending option.
Messages you've replied to appear with a special icon in the Inbox: an envelope with a green arrow that sweeps to the left. Forwarded messages are marked with an icon with an envelope and a purple arrow that sweeps to the right.