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Undoing "Show remote content in this message"?

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Post Posted August 29th, 2014, 10:13 am

I am accessing a Gmail account with IMAP using Thunderbird 31.0/Windows.

When selecting "Show remote content in this message", is there any way to then go back to not showing remote content for that message? I would like to be able to do this at the message level, not at a global level.

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Post Posted August 29th, 2014, 10:54 am

I think you can only change the setting for the sender's address or the domain which is specified under Tools/Options/Privacy/Mail Content/Exceptions. To re-download a message on an IMAP server, view the message source (Ctrl-U).

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Post Posted August 29th, 2014, 11:14 am

To undo "Show remote content in this message"

* select message
* tools > error console
* copy and paste code
* evaluate

Code: Select all
top.opener.setMsgHdrPropertyAndReload("remoteContentPolicy", 0);

To undo "Allow remote content for"

* tools > options > privacy > mail content > exceptions

Remote Content in Messages
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/re ... n-messages

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Post Posted August 30th, 2014, 11:01 am

Thanks for your replies.

Nice to know there is a way to undo ""Show remote content in this message". However, why doesn't Thunderbird have the option to undo it (like Outlook has)? It would be more user-friendly than using a console interface. Is there a Thunderbird extension that provides this functionality?

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Post Posted August 30th, 2014, 11:30 am

BrowseMail wrote:Why doesn't Thunderbird have the option to undo it?

Mark Banner wrote:I'm not really sure what the use case is for undoing the allow remote images option - at the point you enable it, you've already allowed the remote images load and a "phone home" if there's tracking in place.

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=626988#c2

For reading only as Bugzilla is not a forum.

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Post Posted September 1st, 2014, 11:58 am

Thanks for your feedback morat.

However, as the tracking happens every time a message is viewed (not just one off), I think it would still be a good idea to have a user-friendly option to switch back off the remote content for a message. That way it would at least give the user some easy control over their privacy and prevent further tracking of messages, particularly when archived messages are accessed some time after.

Another option would be just show remote content for a one-off viewing, but it remains off otherwise.

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Post Posted September 8th, 2014, 12:40 pm

I noticed today an add-on that offers one-time options to display remote content: http://totalmessage.mozdev.org/

See the section "Fine tune remote content in messages".

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Post Posted September 12th, 2014, 4:21 am

sfhowes wrote:I noticed today an add-on that offers one-time options to display remote content: http://totalmessage.mozdev.org/

See the section "Fine tune remote content in messages".


Thanks for mentioning this. However, the extension no longer appears to be on https://addons.mozilla.org according to https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Total ... +extension. I would like to see some user reviews before trying it out.

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