From time to time I use GMX‘s free email service. It is a standard freemail service with one very cool functionality — it lets you set a waiting period that counts down before your eyes and before your message is actually sent out to the recipient(s).
Having such a latency solution available came in handy to me a number of times. For example, once I forgot to add a rather important portion of text to the message.
Thanks to the countdown, I had time to realize the omission and stop the sending process before it was too late.
Real-world experience taught me that a five second delay is best for me. This time-frame is long enough to think about the message, but short enough so that it doesn’t bother me.
This is great for all GMX users. But I happen to use Mozilla Thunderbird as my primary emailing tool.
So I set out to find the perfect Thunderbird substitution for GMX’s delayed sending functionality. Here is what I discovered…
Delaying Messages in Mozilla Thunderbird
Thunderbird has a functionality called
You can send the message later by
To expand the abilities of the native functionality, you can install and use the Send Later add-on.
This add-on lets you define when messages stored in the Outbox folder should be sent out — the next time you launch Thunderbird, after a predefined time period (in 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours), or at a specific date and time.
You can also set your own time intervals instead of the above-mentioned 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 2 hours.
To do this, click on the ≡ hamburger icon located in the upper right corner of Mozilla Thunderbird’s window. Then click on the
Blunder Delay is a very simple add-on that lets you specify the periodicity of sending out messages from the Outbox folder.
You can set the interval in seconds, minutes, or hours.
To do so, click on the ≡ hamburger icon located in the upper right corner of Mozilla Thunderbird’s window. Then click on the
When you are done composing an email, click
Send Later + Blunder Delay
Alternatively, you can use Send Later and Blunder Delay together. In this case open up Send Later’s options/preferences once again, as described above.
This way when you click on the
Now click on the
Send Later will warn you the first time you do this. Just
MagicSLR is an add-on that was created for the purpose of having a combined Get/Send button in Thunderbird.
But as a side-effect it can also be used to manage unsent messages:
Obviously, you need to put your messages into the Outbox folder first (using the
Quote and Compose Manager
Quote and Compose Manager is a relatively obscure add-on that was created to enhance the layout of reply and forward messages in Thunderbird. The download link is located near the bottom of the author’s website.
However, it has a nifty feature buried within its option page. To access it, click on the ≡ hamburger icon located in the upper right corner of Mozilla Thunderbird’s window. Then click on the
And there it is in the
Be sure to
When you click
You can cancel the sending of the email within that time-frame.
Very cool. Just as with GMX. 🙂
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