User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.10) Gecko/20050716 Firefox/1.0.6 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.10) Gecko/20050716 Firefox/1.0.6 Outlook has an excellent feature (see attached screenshot) where it shows the first few lines of the body of unread messages. This is a complement, not an alternative, to the preview pane, as it allows even quicker identification of important messages and spam. Any AutoPreview feature should be user selectable to be used only for unread messages (my recommended default), for all messages, or never. This feature is similar to the request in bug 269264, but based on my experience with Outlook, AutoPreview is well worth implementing. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce:
Created attachment 194882 [details] Screenshot of Outlook's AutoPreview feature This shows AutoPreview for new messages, but not read ones.
Seems like a valid RFE to me. See also Suite bug 198615.
Something for thunderbird 2.0 maybe?
we've already done something similar for Thunderbird 2 via tooltips and the new mail alert. We aren't going to block 2 on adding this preview text to the thread pane too.
howdy y'all,  my tb info ... Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:220.127.116.11) Gecko/20060308 Thunderbird/18.104.22.168 Mnenhy/0.7.4.666 - Build ID: 2006030803  since i don't care for the msg pane [aka = preview pane] i would find the ability to see a snippet from each msg in the thread pane VERY handy. even without the tweak to make it show only for certain msg states - like read/unread - seeing the 1st few lines would help rather a lot. i have looked at the tooltip version of this and find it not very helpful cuz i hafta hover over a msg to see the tooltip. take care, lee
How about doing one line for a start ?
Bug 312940 has implemented a new alert format for notifying of new messages, which includes a line from the new message. Bug 314124 has implemented a tooltip-style popup when hovering over a folder with new messages, which shows the same information. Bug 335310 requests an Outlook-like multi-line display, but not specifically for previewing message text.
(In reply to comment #7) > Bug 335310 requests an Outlook-like multi-line display, but not specifically > for previewing message text. > howdy mike, while 335310 [how do i make that a link?] is asking for "subject, sender, date, and spam status" to be displayed in a multi-line threadpane display. what this ref seems to be asking for is the one-line that is already shown PLUS a snippet of the text of the msg. one, two, or three lines of the msg shown under the row of items for that msg. this seems VERY different to me. take care, lee
(In reply to comment #8) > while 335310 [how do i make that a link?] Bugzilla automagically creates links if you write the word bug and a number after it.
It sounds to me (original filer of 335310) that there are two issues: 1) The ability to display messages in message list using more than one line per message item. Perhaps by making message display/column/layout be a configurable sub-view in itself. 2) The ability to make one of the things being displayed for a message (in message list) include the first X lines/words/characters of the message text. The second feature really doesn't make too much sense until you have the first feature, but they are separate, distinct features -- each add a different kind of value.
Created attachment 223650 [details] Gmail Screen Shot Just like to add, based on what I understand: 1. There's a need of the end user: a more efficient way of managing multiple spam mails. 2. It should require a min. number of clicks to see (some content of) a max number of mails, so that he could mark them as a group (to junk or unjunk or delete) 3. The "outlook like" feature may be a solution. (I'm not familiar) 4. I think google's gmail also has a solution. (eg. See attached screen shot. I can confirm and delete 4 mails at one go: Without clicking to make it appear on preview, without hovering over; I just need one line of content to decide, to multi-select, then delete forever.) 5. The problem here is probably to determine which is the easiest to implement solution, so that this need can be met with smallest programming effort ? Just a contribution to the discussion -kokwei- PS. Why I need this ? see my post http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=2268031 spam filter is good, but I still cannot avoid the need to read the many spam every other day :-(
A simple, programmable solution would be best I think. E.g. <email-name> - <subject>\<snippet> would produce: Arthur Smith - Test email Just a quick test email... or <email-full>\<subject> Arthur Smith (email@example.com) Test email That way, everyone would be happy(ish) instead of arguing over the exact format. If we have to go with a fixed format, I'd prefer something like the latter. PS. Is there a guide to compiling Thunderbird for Windows? If I could build the thing, I'd contribute code myself.
> PS. Is there a guide to compiling Thunderbird for Windows? If I could build the http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Build_Documentation
Okay, thanks. So looking at it, modifications would need to be made to the list display gadget (control or whatever) to allow for multiple lines. It's not as simple as adding \n into the strings. Also, a method for extracting the first line of an email must be created, to avoid the snippet being "Hi Paul,"
(In reply to comment #16) > see also bug #359462, an rfe about the zimbra style of doing this. I guess Seth meant bug 364090.
Isn't this a dupe of bug 213945?
(In reply to comment #20) bug 213945 talks only about improving vertical view, autopreview (if implemented) would be an additional option of which this bug is about (see first few lines of messages).
This clearly is not a duplicate of that bug. Both summaries, description and screenshots are clear, except the third screenshot here, that is pointless. Bug 213945 is about the message headers view, this bug is about message body preview. Bug 213945 request that the headers view should be multiline: sender, size and date on the first and subject on the second line, for instance. So it would require less horizontal view on the middle column of the vertical layout. Take a look here: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=258111 This bug request that the first few lines or the first few words of the message body to appear on the 'headers view'. Take a look here: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=194882
Please consider more recent (and intense) work of bug 213945 the preview is attacked also see https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=307013 and from c 6 there, this is also treated , but c33 states some split to that bug that made me not dupe this.
howdy y'all, apple just updated their mail app to include this. lookee ... http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/a-roar-for-mac-os-x-lion-e-mail/ "The Inbox now shows you the first couple of lines of the message, which is much more helpful than seeing only the subject line." take care, lee
It would also be nice, if there would only be a second line for showing the subject and in the first line there could be shown the main infos like on the second Outlook screenshot "A better view of the Outlook column display". But in the way it is until now, the 3 column view uses too much space for nothing and can't really good used if you didn't have an ultra-wide display. It would also be nice if there would be an add-on for such things. But there is also nothing for this. :-(