Paste Without Formatting Implemented in Mozilla Thunderbird

Wednesday October 29th, 2003

Peter Lairo writes: "'Paste Without Formatting' is now implemented in Mozilla Thunderbird's e-mail composer. It is now possible to copy formatted text (e.g. from a web page) and then paste it into an e-mail, and the text will be inserted using the formatting (or lack thereof) of the e-mail (target) and not that of the source. This feature is (almost) as cool for Thunderbird, as tabbed browsing is for Firebird. 'Paste Without Formatting' can be accessed via the context menu or the 'Edit' menu. The original bug was bug 64647."

#1 good feature

by sobaker

Wednesday October 29th, 2003 6:12 AM


btw, does anybody know if thunderbird will be able to attach short notes to incoming messages? Like "don't forget to include aa.doc into reply and to mention XXX"

#4 Re: good feature

by an_mo

Wednesday October 29th, 2003 8:14 AM

how about hitting the reply button, write your note, and then hitting "save" instead of "send"?

#2 Paste images too

by Anthracks

Wednesday October 29th, 2003 6:45 AM

It should also be noted that Thunderbird now lets you paste images from the clipboard directly into the message...previously it either did nothing, or would paste a hyperlink to the URL of the image if copied from a browser. It isn't quite finished yet, bug 47838 has some details. Unfortunately, this feature is really held back by Firebird's lack of a "Copy Image" option. I realize there's an extension for this, but I really think it should be included by default. Bug 210043 is the RFE for this.

#3 Copy and paste sections of web pages

by BruceAdams

Wednesday October 29th, 2003 7:35 AM

I was very impressed to discover yesterday that I could select and copy a portion of a web page in Firebird, then paste it into Thunderbird and everything came through--formatting and images!

Since I could select what to copy, I could just pick out the news story (including photos!) I wanted to send, without all the web page navigation and advertising.

#5 Re: Copy and paste sections of web pages

by buckminster

Wednesday October 29th, 2003 8:48 AM

I don't have TB here at work, are you sure it isn't just copying an image tag referencing the original location of the image (rather than actually copying the image)?

#7 Re: Re: Copy and paste sections of web pages

by BruceAdams

Wednesday October 29th, 2003 10:46 AM

Yes. I am sure the image was included in the message itself. After sending the message, I looked at the message source of copy of the message in my "sent" folder (up on my IMAP4 service). The images are really there as attachments.

Here's the image reference from the HTML in the sent message: <img src="" width="250" height="164" alt="">

and here's a chuck of the message with one whole image and the begining of the next:

--------------020802050604020208050005 Content-Type: image/gif; name="image_27639.gif" Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64 Content-ID: <> Content-Disposition: inline; filename="image_27639.gif"

R0lGODlhAQABAJH/AP///wAAAP///wAAACH/C0FET0JFOklSMS4wAt7tACH5BAEAAAIALAAA AAABAAEAAAICVAEAOw== --------------020802050604020208050005 Content-Type: image/jpeg; name="image_228520.jpg" Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64 Content-ID: <> Content-Disposition: inline; filename="image_228520.jpg"


#6 Re: Paste images too

by sebbo

Wednesday October 29th, 2003 9:33 AM

Just downloaded the nightly so I could try this out. I also snagged the Firebird add-on, which I hadn't heard about before (here it is, for those as out-of-it as I was: )

What I'd hoped is that I could get images from the browser window to e-mail attachments without substantial intermediate steps.


Dragging an image into the body of an e-mail seems to work well.

Dragging an image to the attachment field produces a URL rather than a file.

Dragging the image from the e-mail body to the attachment field has no effect.

Using Copyimage in Firebird .7 and then Paste in today's nightly Tbird instantly and quietly crashes Tbird.

#8 Re: Re: Paste images too

by sebbo

Thursday October 30th, 2003 3:43 PM

I found a wonderfully graceless solution that gets around my having to save the images to my HD.

1)Drag the images from Firebird into the body of a TBird Compose window. 2)Mail the images to yourself (or a null address) 3)Open up the sent message and drag the images to the attachment field of a new message.


#9 Is this limited to mozilla Thunderbird?

by bugs4hj

Friday October 31st, 2003 8:53 AM

Is this limited to mozilla Thunderbird?

#10 I'm puzzled

by GAThrawn

Friday October 31st, 2003 5:01 PM

Isn't this what it's always done?

Or are there people out there who have HTML mail set as their default for some reason?