1. Open Thunderbird.
2. Open a new message in whatever fashion you want: control + N,
address book and arrow down and choose ETC.
3. Press alt + F for file and either arrow down to attach sub menu
or press H.
4. The first item is file. Press enter on that.
5. You are now in an open dialogue. navigate to the file you wish
to attach or type the exact path and press enter. Your file is now
attached to the new message.
Although I don't use T-Bird here's a note I've saved in case
I ever needed to that might help.
From: Margaret Thomas,
Thank you very much, Brian! I got the job done. It was partly
wording of "open" in the dialogue that threw me off. I expected
something like attach now etc.
I'll check out the rest of your instructions for Thunderbird
fresh. I've used TB for a long time, but always want to learn
new or another way of doing something.
you could have also done it by pressing alt+f, then down arrow
enter on Attach submenu, and entering on File, but the
is the shortcut TB uses to attach a file.
Since I cannot attach, I'm going to do a paste of the entire
tutorial I wrote for a client quite a while back. Things have
not changed. Search for the
line, "To add attachments," and you're right where you need to
be as far as attaching to a message you're in the process of
composing, whether it's a new
message or a reply.
Thunderbird e-mail client
IMPORTANT: For those using Thunderbird with a screen reader I
strongly suggest installing the Quick Folder Key Navigation
extension. This allows you
to jump from folder in the folder tree using first letter
navigation to move between them. Without it, this does not
always work. You will only need
to install this extension once for any instance of Thunderbird
you might be using. If you are using JAWS or NVDA, searching
for this add on within Thunderbird
is quite simple:
. **, Activate the Tools Menu, ALT + T, add-ons option
(followed by A) and tab 3 times, at which point you should be on
the Extensions Pane.
If you happen to land on any other pane then use Down Arrow (or
Up Arrow) until you hear Extensions.
. **, Tab 2 times, which lands you in the search all add-ons
. **, Then type in Quick Folder Key Navigation, hit enter, and
wait a few seconds for the search to complete.
. **, Tab 5 times more to gain focus on the list of results.
Then hit Down Arrow to start navigating the list. Quick Folder
Key Navigation should
be the first result.
. **, Tab 2 times to land on the Install button then hit enter.
. **, After the install completes you need to exit Thunderbird
and start it up again for this extension to become active
Upon opening Thunderbird, you will be in the folder tree sitting
on whatever folder you had open the last time you closed it. You
will still have to hit
TAB until you reach the folder tree view.
When in the folder tree view you can use first letter navigation
to move around (if you installed the extension noted above).
When you are sitting on a folder in the folder tree view hitting
TAB will take you to the message list. You know you’ve arrived
when you hear, “List View.”
Use up and/or down arrow to navigate through the list of
messages. [Depending on the screen reader you usually have to
hit TAB either once or twice.]
If you are using threaded view, and hear JAWS announce “Level
zero, collapsed,” use the right arrow to expand the thread to
show all its individual messages.
To collapse the thread, get back to the first message at level
zero and hit the left arrow.
When you land on the message you want to read, hit Enter to open
it in a dedicated reading tab.
You will use the usual reading commands to read through the
message that you use in any other program.
Hit CTRL+W to close a reading tab and go back to the message
list for the folder you had been viewing.
Hit SHIFT+TAB (once or twice) or F6 to move back to the folder
tree from the message list for any folder. This must be done
after you delete all messages
in a given folder as well.
To select messages in the message list view:
Once you are in the message list view, and have a specific
single message selected:
1. <!--* >Holding SHIFT, while at the same time hitting
either Up or Down Arrow will continue selecting messages in the
direction you are moving.
2. <!--* >Holding SHIFT, then hitting PgUp or PgDown will
select all messages above or below the currently selected
message, respectively, stopping
with the first/last one currently displayed in the message list
You can use CTRL+A to select all messages, including ones
currently not visible in the message list view. Unless you’re
certain about doing whatever you
intend to do with ALL messages, use this option with great
To delete messages:
1. <!--* >If you are in the message list view, select the
message or messages you wish to delete then hit the Delete key.
This will move them to
the Trash folder and none will be opened for reading if you use
2. <!--* >If you are reading a message and want to delete
it, hit the Delete key and it will delete that message and
automatically open the next
message in the folder for reading.
To reply to a message you’re reading: CTRL+R opens the Write
window with the subject filled in with “Re:” prefixing it and
the text of the message you’re
replying to quoted. Your cursor will be sitting right after the
quoted material waiting for you to type. If you’re trying to
do a Reply All that’s CTRL+Shift+R
To create a new message, regardless of what you’re doing in
Thunderbird, hit CTRL+N. This opens the Write window waiting
for you to fill in your addressees
in the “To:” edit box. As you hit Enter after filling in an
address or choosing one from the dropdown list of previous
addresses another edit box of the
same type opens. If you need to change from “To:” to “CC:” or
“BCC:” then hit SHIFT+TAB, use the up/down arrow key to find
what you want, then hit TAB
again to go to the edit box for the address.
. **, To add attachments to an outgoing message, hit
CTRL+SHIFT+A to bring up the Attach Files dialog. It is very
similar to a Save dialog except
it works “in reverse.” You will need to navigate to the
location of the file you want to attach, select it, then either
tab to the Open button or hit
ALT+O to attach the file to the message.
To send a message, whether it’s a reply or a new message, hit
CTRL+ENTER when you’ve finished composing. It will send
immediately and close the Write
window, taking you back to wherever you had been before hitting
the reply or new keyboard shortcut.
To get to attachments on an incoming message hit ALT+M, H
[Opens the Message Menu and selects the Attachments option]
Creating Folders in Thunderbird
You can create folders within Thunderbird to organize your
e-mail. The concept is the same as in Windows File Explorer,
and the tree view will be the
1. <!--* >In the tree view navigate to the folder or
account (if you want the folder directly under the account like
Inbox, Sent, etc., typically
are) under which you want your new folder nested. In most cases
this will be your e-mail account itself, unless you are creating
subfolders within other
2. <!--* >Hit ALT+F,N,F – File Menu, New Option, Folder
Option – after which the New Folder dialog opens and you’ll be
in the edit box in which
you’ll type the new folder’s name.
3. <!--* >Tab to the Create Folder button then hit enter,
or hit ALT+R. Your new folder has been created.
Moving Messages Between Folders on Thunderbird
1. <!--* >Select the message or messages you wish to move.
2. <!--* >Bring up the context menu with the
applications/menu key or Shift+F10, then hit M [Move]
3. <!--* >You will be presented with a submenu that will
vary somewhat depending on your folder structure, you have to
drill down through the submenu
to locate the folder where you want the selected messages to be
4. <!--* >Once you have focus on that folder, hit Enter
and the message(s) will be moved there.
Stay safe and take care. Mike.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2021 11:18 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Refresher Needed: How to attach
file to Thunderbird
I am using one of the latest versions of win10 and at least
up to 78 of TB.
I want to sent a file to a friend and cannot seem to remember or
out how to add an attachment.
Your suggestions and help on how to get that attachment in place
be greatly appreciaated.
Many thanks in advance,,