How many times have you had an e-mail thread that grew out of hand. Before you knew it you were sending one line replies in an e-mail with a combined word count to shame Stephen King. Sure it’s nice to have the e-mail content to refer back to, but in today’s mobile age that lengthy content can bring 3G to a crawl.

For me, that is where QuickQuote comes in. This simple extension for Thunderbird allows to you define a portion of text in an e-mail and then decide how to act that text. And to make this even easier, all you have to do is highlight the text and then right-mouse click the highlighted text. When you right-click the highlighted text, you will notice a few new entries to the menu:

  • Quote In New Message
  • Quote In Reply
  • Quote In Reply To All
  • Quote In Compose message

The above list should be fairly self-explanatory. It should also be obvious how much more control over your reply habits this extension will give you.

Installing this extension is simple. Right-click on the link for the version suited for your Thunderbird and click Save Link As. Once the file has downloaded, open up the Add Ons window in Thunderbird and click the Install button. Once you navigate to the file you downloaded, click the Install button (once the timer clicks down) and finally click the Restart button. The extension is installed now.

There are, of course, some options to make QuickQuote fit your specific needs. One option allows you to replace the standard Reply To buttons in Thunderbird so that when you highlight a text if you click the Reply button the highlighted text will be the only included reply text in the reply. If you do not highlight any text in the email the entire body of the original email will be included with the reply. Very handy.

There are a lot of wonderful add ons to one of the most popular open source e-mail clients. Of all the add ons I have tried, QuickQuote is, by far, the most useful. Give QuickQuote a try, it’ll make your e-mail replying more efficient and will keep mailing list members from harping on you for quoting too much text.