Matthias Schoettle

PhD Student & Software Developer

Month: February 2012

Thunderbird Extension: Toggle Headers

After updating my Thunderbird to the current version there was one extension not working anymore: Headers Toggle. Even manually adjusting maxVersion in the install.RDF to pretend it’s compatible didn’t work. This extension allowed to switch the headers view between seeing all headers (All) and the most important header information (Normal) with a single key shortcut (H). Unfortunately this extension hasn’t been updated in a long time.

I created a new Thunderbird extension called Toggle Headers that allows to do this and works with the current (and upcoming) Thunderbird version.

Update: The newest version (0.3) of Toggle Headers  is compatible with CompactHeaders. When both are used at the same time the current state of the headers view is taken into account:

  • when collapsed and H is pressed, the headers view will be expanded and all headers shown
  • pressing H again will switch back to the normal headers view but also collapse the view again (the previous state is remembered)

Hide star besides email addresses in Thunderbird

If you – for some reason – don’t like the yellow (for contacts in your address book) or gray (for unknown contacts) star next to email addresses in the message header there’s a simple way on how to hide it.

If you don’t have one yet, all it needs is a file called userChrome.css inside a folder called chrome inside your profile folder. Add the following content:

.emailStar {
    display: none !important;

If you ever want to see it again just delete those lines.

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