Sarah Sweeney posted a tip to the eVolt list which I have found very helpful. One of the few annoyances I have had with Mozilla Thunderbird, my e-mail client of choice, is the fact that it doesn’t include the date of the original message when replying. So, when I replied to people, it would place the text “John Doe wrote:” before their message instead of “John Doe wrote on July 28, 2004:”. Sarah’s tip describes how to easily modify that reply header to list whatever you so desire, all you need to do is add the following code to your user.js:
// Change the reply header // 0 - No Reply-Text // 1 - "[Author] wrote:" // 2 - "On [date] [author] wrote:" // 3 - User-defined reply header. Use the prefs below in conjuction // with this: user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_type", 3); // If you set 3 for the pref above then you may set the following // prefs. user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_authorwrote", "%s wrote"); user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_separator", " "); user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_ondate", "on %s"); user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_colon", ":"); // The end result will be [authorwrote][separator][ondate][colon]
Make sure that you are not running Thunderbird while making these changes. One note, if you don’t have a user.js file in your profile folder, create one as a blank text file and place this code in it.