Build Identifier: Version 188.8.131.52 (20090812)
After slight adjustments in the Thunderbird configuration (about:config --> mousewheel.withcontrolkey.action --> value: 3), the zoom level in all message windows can be changed by keeping down the CTRL-key and scrolling with the mousewheel. Then TB behaves exactly the same way as Firefox does (zooms in/out).
In TB the zoom level will be set back automatically to default (100 %) after exiting a message window or manually after executing the shortcut [Ctrl]+ .
This works fine in "NORMAL" message windows e. g. while reading a new mail.
Within the COMPOSE WINDOW, zooming via Ctrl + Mousewheel works as well.
- BUT there's no function behind the shortcut [Ctrl]+ , so it doesn’t set the zoom level back to default (100 %).
- AND exiting the compose window will also not set back the zoom level to default (100 %).
So you will never be able to go back to the default zoom level, because you will never know when you reach 100 % again via Ctrl + Mousewheel, since the Zoom Level isn't displayed anywhere.
--> Therefore [Ctrl] +  in TB should also be enabled for setting back the zoom level to default (100 %) in COMPOSE WINDOWs like in other "normal" mail windows (and in FF).
--> Moreover leaving the compose window should also automatically set the zoom level back to default (100 %) like in other mail windows.
(In reply to rosaroter-panther from comment #0)
> --> Therefore [Ctrl] +  in TB should also be enabled for setting back the
> zoom level to default (100 %) in COMPOSE WINDOWs like in other "normal" mail
> windows (and in FF).
rosaroter-panther, contrary to my expectation, Ctrl++ and Ctrl+- does NOT change the zoom in compose windows, it actually increases/decreases the font size of selected text (Format > Size > Larger/Smaller). Given that, I think the Ctrl+0 part of this bug is currently invalid, because Ctrl+0 should reset the font size then, not the zoom (but we currently don't have Ctrl+0 for resetting font size, which needs a new bug if there isn't one yet).
> --> Moreover leaving the compose window should also automatically set the
> zoom level back to default (100 %) like in other mail windows.
That part sounds reasonable and should be confirmed.
Perhaps we can morph this bug and exclude the Ctrl+0 part for composition.
Notwithstanding, I'm wondering if Ctrl++/-/0 is a good shortcut for changing actual font size instead of zoom (in composition), which is inconsistent with the msg reader. Perhaps we should have Ctrl+> and Ctrl+< for the font size (if that's available), to free up Ctrl++/-/0 for the zoom. But that needs more thought, checks, and a new bug.
(In reply to rosaroter-panther from comment #0)
> So you will never be able to go back to the default zoom level, because you
> will never know when you reach 100 % again via Ctrl + Mousewheel, since the
> Zoom Level isn't displayed anywhere.
After landing of bug 250415 in TB10, this is a bug, not an RFE.
User has no way of returning to default zoom level of 100% except guessing.
Technically, we probably want to change back to the default zoom of 100% when we *open* a new or existing composition.
Current behaviour is unpredictable and confusing:
1) compose msg on current trunk (12), subject: draft1
2) Ctrl+mousewheel to zoom to 300%
3) close & save draft1
4) reopen draft1, check zoom, close
5) Click Write Button for another new msg (draft2), check zoom
6) reopen draft1, check zoom
4) after reopening, existing draft has previous zoom value of 300 (this bug, no exact way to reset to 100%), so we pretend to keep the zoom level; however, only until a new draft is created before re-opening an old one.
5) Write new msg always opens with 100% (ok)
6) After 5), any subsequently opened saved drafts will open with 100% (or whatever zoom value was last chosen in another draft).
I don't see a pattern here, anybody?
Perhaps for the time being, always opening draft messages (new or existing) at 100% zoom level would be the best solution. Technically, reset the zoom value to 100% before creating or re-opening drafts.
This has been fixed by bug 738194, after which we'll have an ux-consistent experience of zoom shortcuts (starting from TB18):
Ctrl++ zoom in (everywhere in TB, including composition)
Ctrl+- zoom out
Ctrl+0 reset zoom (now also works in composition - that's the fix for this bug)
Ctrl+< to decrease font size (which needs holding Shift on many keyboards, but we also accept non-shifted shortcut, hence Ctrl+, will work on all keyboards)
Ctrl+> to increase font size (and we also accept Ctrl+.)
The font size shortcuts are also consistent with popular Office applications.
If required, we can deal with the strange and somewhat unpredictable behaviour of *initial zoom* in composition windows elsewhere (as tentatively observed in comment 3; probably related to our old problem of re-using windows). The biggest problem is solved with providing Ctrl+0 for resetting zoom to 100%.