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Using tags (labels)

When you convert from Eudora to Thunderbird you will notice that labels you previously had on your messages will have disappeared. Unfortunately there is no way of importing these labels so you will need to add your labels back again. In Thunderbird labels are know as Tags.

Thunderbird allows you to colour code your messages and prioritise them. The default tags are:

Using Tags 1

To apply a colour code to a message

1. Right mouse click the message you want to tag:

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2. Or to quickly colour code the required message, you can select one or more messages and press number 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 on your keyboard. To remove a colour press 0 to return to black.

No Label 0 Black
Important 1 Red
Work 2 Light Orange
Personal 3 Green
To Do 4 Blue
Later 5 Purple

Customise your tags You can change the names of tags to suit your own needs. For example, you could rename 'Later' to 'Complete'.

To do this:

  1. From the menu bar, select Tools > Options
  2. Click the Display category and select the Tags tab
  3. To change a Tag colour, select the tag and click on the Edit button. Click on the coloured box next to the Tag and select the new colour of your choice.
  4. To change the Tag text, select the Tag, click on the Edit button and retype the name ( a tag can be 32 characters long)
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

The changes will apply to new messages AND all coloured/tagged messages in your mailbox.

Create your own tags

  1. Go to Tools > Options > Display > Tags
  2. Click on the Add button.
  3. Type your desired Tag name, and select a colour.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.