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Post Posted September 22nd, 2017, 1:54 pm

How do I request an 'enhancement' to SM (T'Bird) that would allow the simple selection and copying of the basic incoming mail information at the top of a message, i.e., the Subject:, From:, Date: and To: fields so that this essential information associated with an email text can be added to a copy of the text below in a Word file?

Yes, I've discovered that I can use View>Message Source and scroll through the long text file to find it.

Am I the only user who would willingly give up the aesthetically beautiful but uncopyable box for something more easily copied? Even Yahoo Mail lets me do it for mail in my 'junk account' on Yahoo.

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Baumgrenze

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Post Posted September 22nd, 2017, 2:09 pm

Probably more effort than you want to expend on this but you could save the message as a text file and load that (header data AND message text) to Word at one time.
File->Save as->File.

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Post Posted September 22nd, 2017, 8:16 pm

Dan,

Thanks for the suggestion. It is certainly less bother than opening and then fishing the information out of the "View>Message Source" which is the fix I saw offered years ago.

I'll share what I plan to do to simplify the process:

I am a long-time fan of ZTreeWin (Kim Henkel's Windows reincarnation of the original San Luis Obispo XTree file manager.) I will simply keep open an instance of ZTreewin at the root of my data drive and save Temp.TXT there, overwriting the previous one and open it in NotePad and copy and paste to Word. I think I can get the hang of that fairly quickly. It is trivial to refresh or relog the root of any disk.

Back in the 80's we used EmuTek, a terminal emulator, to search Dialog online. The emulator saved a streaming log of the activity but occasionally it created a path I did not specify and could not find. XTree let me rapidly log the disk and show all the files on it sorted by date/time stamp. Since I'd saved the log moments before it was always near the top and easily found. Kim's program is far more versatile. I seldom get through a day without resorting to it to find something.

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Baumgrenze

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Post Posted September 23rd, 2017, 5:06 am

You're welcome. Hope it works for you.

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Post Posted September 23rd, 2017, 10:37 am

Here is how to copy the subject + from + to + date strings to the clipboard in Thunderbird Gecko 52.

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var message = gFolderDisplay.selectedMessage;
var date = new Date(message.dateInSeconds * 1000).toLocaleString();
var arr = new Array();
arr.push("Subject: " + message.mime2DecodedSubject);
arr.push("From: " + message.mime2DecodedAuthor);
arr.push("To: " + message.mime2DecodedRecipients);
arr.push("Date: " + date);
var clipboard = Components.classes["@mozilla.org/widget/clipboardhelper;1"].
  getService(Components.interfaces.nsIClipboardHelper);
clipboard.copyString(arr.join("\r\n"));

I don't know what extensions still work in SeaMonkey Gecko 51 Mail Component.

Custom Buttons
http://addons.mozilla.org/seamonkey/addon/2707

Keyconfig
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=72994

I'm using srazzano's version in Thunderbird Gecko 52.

http://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/user/srazzano/
http://sonco.synthasite.com/

Infocatcher has a couple of signed versions on the CB site.

http://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/user/Infocatcher/
http://custombuttons.sourceforge.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=70423#p70423 (latest version)

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