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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Spicing up Thunderbird 3 (Windows) with userChrome.css

After experiencing the raw speed of Thunderbird 3 + IMAP, I immediately ditched Windows Live Mail. Admittedly, the latter’s default interface is much easier on the eyes. But Thunderbird can be given a facelift, thanks to some userChrome.css tweaks. After some Googling, I came up with the following. This adds green-white zebra stripes to the message index and increases font sizes in the message index as well as the header and folder panes.

/* better looking fonts for folder pane and message list */
#folderTree > treechildren {font-size: 13px; font-family: Segoe UI;}
#threadTree > treechildren {font-size: 16px; font-family: Segoe UI;}

/* Light green, high-contrast zebra stripes in message list */
#threadTree treechildren::-moz-tree-row(odd) {
-moz-appearance: none !important;
background-image: none !important;
background-color:#EEFFBB !important;}

#threadTree treechildren::-moz-tree-row(odd, selected) {
background-color: Highlight !important;
}

/* increase font size in header pane */
#msgHeaderView {font-size: 14px !important; font-family: Segoe UI !important;}





Here’s a screenshot of my tweaks in action (sorry about the massive amount of blurring):





Enjoy your beautified Thunderbird!

1 comment:

bags said...

Thanks for the tips. The zebra striping is much more useful with the higher contrast. Do you have any more tweaks for Thunderbird ?