How to Make Thunderbird Not Wrap Long Lines Automatically

Thunderbird automatically wraps lines by 72 characters by default. But wrapping in 72 characters may not look well on all clients. Some may want Thunderbird not to wrap lines and leave the receiver’s email client to choose the length to wrap lines. This post introduces how to make thunderbird not wrap lines automatically.

First, open the “config editor”:

go to “Edit” -> “Preferences”, in the dialog select the “Advanced” panel, select the “General” tab, and then click the “Config Editor…” button.

In the config editor, first search for

mail.compose.wrap_to_window_width

and change its value to true.

Then, search for

mailnews.wraplength = 0

and change its value to 0.

The values should be as follows.

thunderbird-wrap-long-lines.png

The first wrap_to_window_width option to make the text wrapped to the width of your editor in Thunderbird and the second wraplength actually disable the wrapping when you send the email out and leave the receiver’s email client to wrap the lines.

The email will be wrapped to the editor with when you composing the email (just displayed) and it will also wrapped by the receiver’s email reader.

Eric Zhiqiang Ma

Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

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