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On 1/23/2019 10:40 AM, Ron Canazzi
F7 does also work to invoke the spell checker in later versions
of Thunderbird. I think this is what is called an undocumented
feature. People who used to use Outlook Express naturally
choose this keystroke by mistake, so maybe Thunderbird
developers added this for convenience.
On 1/23/2019 7:39 AM, Gerald Levy
First of all, the correct command for invoking the
Thunderbird spell checker is Shift-Control-P, not F7 as in
MS-based email clients. Pressing f7 in Thunderbird is the
command for selecting text with the keyboar, so I don't know
exactly what happened when Shelley pressed F7 and somehow
invoked a download of a language dictionary. It sounds like
she may have inadvertently invoked the Thunderbird Add-On
Manager, which is prompting her to download a language
dictionary add-on. I don't know how to get rid of this prompt
when Thunderbird is opened, other than perhaps letting this
add-on install and then removing it from the Add-On Manager.
The only other commands I can suggest trying are Control-F4 or
On 1/23/2019 2:54 AM, Gene wrote:
I don't know why, but I looked up a help article on the
language dictionaries and, as you will see if you read some
of it, it is a completely different procedure than using
All f7 does is run the spell checker. It doesn't
download dictionaries based on this detailed and involved
discussion of how to do it. I've never seen a spell checker
try to download anything just because it is running. As far
as stopping it is concerned, I don't know if you can or not
but maybe the easiest thing to do is just to let the program
download them and then just let them sit there, or delete
them after they have been downloaded. I didn't look at this
carefully, but it appears that this download option will
open your browser and take you to the downloads page. Maybe
just closing the browser wil solve the problem. Maybe
downloading the dictionaries will solve it.
You may want to wait for more information from users but
you don't have to worry about using f7 and not closing the
spellchecker. Something else caused you to see what you
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:22 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] thunderbird question
I was typing an email yesterday and used the spell checker. I
and when I was done, I didn't close it fast enough and I got
about downloading the language dictionaries. I can still do
that tries to download every time I get on the computer. I
have hit alt
4, control w, and escape and none of that works. Is there a
this so this stops coming up when I open Thunderbird? Thank
you in advance.
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