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francik
 
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Post Posted May 18th, 2020, 7:44 am

Hello,

I'm looking for a TB add-on which makes it possible to manually hightlight certain text passages in received mails in my inbox. I don't want to mark/highlight the whole mail in the inbox overview, I actually want to highlight important text parts I have to remember.

Does anyone know if such an add-on exists?
Unfortunately I couldn't find one so far.

Thanks,
Francik

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Post Posted May 18th, 2020, 2:15 pm

The Keyword Highlighter add-on sounds like exactly what you want. However, it never supported later than version 31 and had compatibility problems with some other add-ons such as TB Conversations.

The Header tools lite add-on was an easy way to edit an existing message. If it was already a HTML message you could highlight text by changing the text color and/or setting it to bold etc. Unfortunately the author of that add-on doesn't want to rewrite it to support version 68. So you'd have to stick with TB 60.9.1 to use it. http://kb.mozillazine.org/Highlighting_in_messages

The Highlighter add-on seems designed just to highlight text when composing a message.

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Post Posted May 18th, 2020, 2:19 pm

Another possibility would be to use the XNote++ or Quicknote-T add-on to create persistent sticky notes that get associated with the message.

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Post Posted May 18th, 2020, 10:22 pm

Keyword Highlighter only highlights predefined keywords. Thanks for the idea but not excactly what I'm looking for.

XNote++ and Quicknote-T are likewise not the same.

Anyways, thanks for your ideas!

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Post Posted May 19th, 2020, 9:00 pm

I'm curious if you can highlight keywords with the new API.

I guess eventually it might be possible to do this via content scripts.

Modify the message display
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/59547118

Thunderbird WebExtensions APIs
http://thunderbird-webextensions.readthedocs.io/en/latest/index.html
http://developer.mozilla.org/docs/Mozilla/Add-ons/WebExtensions/API/contentScripts

Content scripts should work in email display browsers
http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1504475
http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1622502

For reading only as Bugzilla is not a forum.

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Post Posted May 20th, 2020, 12:44 am

I'm not sure if I understand what you mean. I guess you're just asking in generell.
In my case, I don't want to highlight certain predefined keywords. What I would like is to have the possibility to highlight certain sentences or whole paragraphs in an incoming mail so that I don't have to read the whole mail again when I'm looking for information.

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Post Posted May 20th, 2020, 3:33 am

Understood, but at this time functionality to accomplish that is not available in current versions of Thunderbird.

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Post Posted May 20th, 2020, 5:26 am

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/01/13/clipp ... -required/

If you don't want to use a notes or clipping add-on you need to somehow edit the message since you want the highlighting to be saved for later use. Thunderbird tends to have features to help you find/identify specific messages (tags, flags, message filters, custom views etc.), or to search for specific content in a message, not to persistently high lite specific portions of a message. Using the Header tools lite add-on with version 60.9.1 is probably the best workaround available as that add-on makes it easy to edit an existing message. Whether it meets your needs is another story.

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