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john9210
 
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Post Posted June 16th, 2020, 7:36 am

I'm using TB 68.9.0 on Windows PC. How can I control the paragraph spacing in messages I write? I can't find a setting anywhere. I would like to space paragraphs 1 1/2 lines or double space.

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Post Posted June 16th, 2020, 8:29 am

Thunderbird doesn't offer a fully functional word processor when composing, just a basic HTML editor with some formatting options. Thinks like setting paragraph spacing to 1-1/2 lines is among the things not included in that basic functionality.

If you use menu path Tools->Options->Composition->General you will find a option "Use Paragraph format instead of Body Text by default". Clicking on the box for that will cause Thunderbird to put two line feed in each time the Return key is pressed. If you just keep typing in a message the text will line wrap at a present width but when you press Enter it will add a blank line between paragraphs.

JYLD
 
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Post Posted June 16th, 2020, 10:20 pm

You can accomplish what you want by using customized html stationery/signature code in thunderbird. Here is a template you can play with. Install it by following the instructions for using an html signature html in Thunderbird. Or you can copy the code and paste it into the thunderbird section for html coded signature. You will note the style lines that provide "line-height: 1.5 !important;" that is the css code that provides for 1.5 line spacing. You can edit the template code to your liking.

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<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.x//EN">

<html>
  <head>
    </*  Template Courtesy From Gary L. Britt, https://TexasBusinessLawyer.biz */>
    <html lang="en" />
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
    <meta name="GENERATOR" content="MSHTML 11.00.9600.16518" />

<style>a:link {
   COLOR: #0044e6; TEXT-DECORATION: none;
}
</style>

<style>a:visited {
   COLOR: #0044e6; TEXT-DECORATION: none;
}
</style>

<style>
  body {
    font-size: 100% !important;
    line-height: 1.5 !important;
    font-family: 'Futura Lt BT', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important;
    color: #000000 !important;
    background-color: #FFFFFF !important;
    margin-left: 16px !important;
    margin-top: 16px !important;
    margin-right: 16px !important;
    margin-bottom: 16px !important;
}
</style>

<style>
  p {
    font-size: 100% !important;
    line-height: 1.5 !important;
    font-family: 'Futura Lt BT', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important;
    color: #000000 !important;
    background-color: #FFFFFF !important;
}
</style>

<style>
p.hrule {
    line-height: 1.5 !important;
    font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important;
    color: #000000 !important;
    background-color: #FFFFFF !important;
/*    padding-bottom: 6px !important;
    border-bottom: 3px solid #0044e6 !important;  */
}
</style>


  </head>

<body style="font-size: 100% !important; line-height: 1.3 !important; font-family: 'Futura Lt BT', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important; background-color: #FFFFFF !important;">
<p>
<strong><span style="font-size: 120% !important; font-family: WaldorfScript, ExchequerScript, Vivaldi, cursive !important; color: #0044e6 !important;">First Name Last Name</span></strong></font><br>
<b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 75% !important; line-height: 1.3 !important; FONT-FAMILY:
'Century Gothic', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">First Name Last Name, </font></span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 60% !important; FONT-FAMILY:
'Century Gothic', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">Suffix</font></span></b><span style="FONT-SIZE: 75% !important; line-height: 1.3 !important; FONT-FAMILY:
'Century Gothic', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">&nbsp;<br></font></span>
<span style="FONT-SIZE: 75% !important; line-height: 1.3 !important; FONT-FAMILY: 'Century Gothic', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">Title<br></font></span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 30% !important; line-height: 1.3 !important; FONT-FAMILY:
'Century Gothic', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">&nbsp;<br></font></span>
<a href="https://www.website.com"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 80% !important; line-height: 1.3 !important; FONT-FAMILY: 'Century Gothic', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color:
#0044e6 !important;">Company Name</font></span></a><br>
<span style="FONT-SIZE: 75% !important; line-height: 1.3 !important;
FONT-FAMILY: 'Century Gothic', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">Address Line 1<br>
Address Line 2<br>
City, State&nbsp;&nbsp;Zip Code<br></font></span>
<span style="FONT-SIZE: 30% !important; line-height: 1.3 !important; FONT-FAMILY: 'Century Gothic', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></font></span>
<span style="FONT-SIZE: 75% !important; line-height: 1.3 !important;
FONT-FAMILY: 'Century Gothic', Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">Office:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="tel:Tel #">Telephone Number</a><br>
Fax:&nbsp;&nbsp;Fax Number</p>
<p><a href="https://www.website.com" target="_blank">
<img moz-do-not-send="false" title="Click Here To Visit AttorneyBritt Website" style="WIDTH: 98px; HEIGHT: 44px"
border=0 src="https://website/logo.png"
alt="URL Link To Company Logo png or jpg"></a></p>

<p class="hrule"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 60% !important; FONT-FAMILY: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">
<b>Confidentiality Notice:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;This email may contain information that is legally privileged, confidential or otherwise protected from disclosure. If you are not an intended recipient, any reading, dissemination, distribution, copying or other use of this email or its attachments is strictly prohibited.&nbsp; If you are not an intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately and permanently delete this email, any attachments, and all copies.&nbsp; This email does not create an attorney-client relationship between the recipient and the sender.</font></span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 30%; FONT-FAMILY: Calibri, sans-serif; color: #000000">&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br></font></span>
<span style="FONT-SIZE: 60% !important; FONT-FAMILY: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif !important; color: #000000 !important;">
<b>Tax Advice Notice:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;We inform you that unless stated otherwise, in a writing signed by the sender hereof, any tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein.</font></span></p>
<hr noshade size="3" width="100%" align="center" color="#0044e6">
<b>*****</b>
<br>&nbsp;

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