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    Thunderbird and Firefox display

    I've long used a parchment colour (red 236, green 215, blue 149 - highly recommended for those with sore eyes ;-) for the display background to avoid working in Word, etc, with the usual glaring white. This also functions with IE and some other non-Microsoft applications, but not with Thunderbird or Firefox. Anyone know how to impose a coloured background on these Mozilla applications? A related problem is that Thunderbird almost always tends to ask whether I want to send each email message in plain text rather than html, because I'm using colour - any way round this annoyance as well? Another problem with the Mozilla apps is they seem to need a different size display (in the sense of more (black) gap from the bezel) to avoid losing the edges of MS apps. Any pointers from anyone prepared to overlook my ineptitude?

    Thanks in anticipation ...

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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    In Firefox, you can choose from a limited palette of page background colors using the options dialog:

    Tools > Options..., Content section, Colors button

    You probably have to clear the checkbox that lets pages override your choice.

    If you already have set the color in Windows' Display control panel, try the "Use System Colors" options and see whether that works.

    Finally, once you have set the color using the options, it will be easy to spot and somewhat easy to change in the about:config pane (open about:config and filter on the word color). Problem is, you need the hex values for the R G and B components of your preferred color...

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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    Thanks very much indeed. Managed to set Firefox background to the system colour - what a relief. Now for Thunderbird :-)

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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    Futher progress: I've found a great table for decimal - hexadecimal conversion: click here - may be useful to others
    On that basis my preferred parchment colour 236 215 149 (RGB) become #ecd795. I can apply this to an individual email message in Thunderbird, but not yet generally. Whereabouts is the about:config pane you mention?

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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    > Whereabouts is the about:config pane you mention?

    It is built in to Firefox. To access it, you type about:config into the address bar and press Enter. There also are some other about things, including about:cache and aboutlugins (these are just informational, not interactive, if I recall correctly).

    I don't use Thunderbird, so I don't know what your options are there. It's strange that the system colors don't apply when creating a plain text message. If you are composing in HTML format, then perhaps you have a "default" (plain) stationery file you can edit (as in Outlook)?

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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    I see what you mean with about:config - gives an amazing degree of control. I'll let you know if I get anywhere with Thunderbird. Thanks once again.

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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    >my preferred parchment colour 236 215 149 (RGB) ..... #ecd795

    Have you tried a background of 205-214-190 (AKA #cdd6be) - even more soothing on the eyes? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> (Used with a foreground of 121-00-61 - AKA #79003d.)
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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    Put them together and we have the undiscovered Rothko ;-)

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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    Yet more progress. Thunderbird has an extension called ChromEdit 2 - this gets you to the correct folder for userChrome.css and userContent.css. These files may have to be created (plain text) from scratch.
    Adding:

    /* Folderpane & Messagepane */
    treechildren {
    background-color: #F1F1F1 !important; }

    to userChrome.css changes the colour of the folder and message panes of Thunderbird (ie the main background) to the colour of your choice. For F1F1F1 substitute hexadecimal code for required colour.

    Does anyone know the equivalent bit of code to change the background of both incoming and outgoing messages to the colour of one's choice - presumably this should go in the other file (userContent.css)?

    All in all it would certainly just be simpler if Thunderbird could be made to adopt the colours set for Windows - but perhaps not so much fun.

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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    Some general background on this: Thunderbird Help: Editing Configuration Files

    Let's assume that every HTML message has a <code>body</code> element, and create a rule to override the background color of that element in Thunderbird's userContent.css file:

    <code>body {background-color: #ecd795 !important; }</code>

    Does it work?

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    Re: Thunderbird and Firefox display

    Yes, it does - wonderful - thanks very much indeed for all your help. In the process I've certainly learnt a bit about how manipulable the Mozilla apps are. The open source approach gives a very satisfying feeling of being in control.

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