Re: Giving Up on Thunderbird!


I don't know why you are having the problem. Clearly, this isn't a general problem. If it was, there would be a lot of discussion from others long before now, as you say the problem has been going on for months. I've tried Thunderbird recently and have no such problems either with the current version or a recent version.
It sounds to me as though something has been corrupted. Rather than trouble shoot, you may want to try the portable version of the program. Or you may want to try uninstalling and reinstalling the program. I haven't done this, but I don't think your mail or addressbook will be lost. I don't know if anything else will such as add-ons or message rules.

The portable version has significant advantages and I think switching to it is a very good idea.

First, you can easily try different versions. You don't have to install and uninstall different versions, nothing is installed with the portable version. That's one of the main points of portable versions of programs, you can run them from anything, a thumb drive, an external hard drive, and on any machine you wish.

If something goes wrong with the program, you can delete the copy you are running, and copy a backup, which you have kept current, to the location you usually run the program from.

Also, if the program updates, you can still have the backup of the current version available. If you don't want to use the update, you can simply delete it and copy the backup of the old version to the location where you run the program from. Set the program not to automatically update, but to warn you when an update becomes available and let you choose whether to update to avoid the program you want to run as an older version from updating when you don't want it to. Make this change when you first install the program and it will be retained in future updates and in the backup copies you make.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rich DeSteno
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:59 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Giving Up on Thunderbird!

It has been many months now that the Thunderbird email program has been
very difficult to use with a screen-reading program. Prior to that, I
used Thunderbird successfully for many years. I mostly use NVDA with
it. For some months now, I often lose speech and the program slows down
to an agonizing crawl. The apparent downloading of email is announced
one by one, choking off the speech you actually want to hear. At times,
I have not even been able to accomplish anything for many minutes due to
these problems. I disabled the mail and status toolbars, but that did
not help. Over the last day or two, it appears that the problem has
gotten even worse. Unless someone can suggest a solution to these
problems, I am ready to give up on this program. Thus, I would be
interested in hearing recommendations for an email program that actually
works well with screen-reading software, including NVDA. Thanks.

Rich De Steno

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