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2 Great Thunderbird 3 Notes Addons To Increase Your Productivity

Tina Sieber 28-02-2010

2 Great Thunderbird 3 Notes Addons To Increase Your Productivity Thunderbird3Notes01How do you keep your notes? Do you stick them to your monitor or do you scribble them onto a notepad?


Notes are a quick and easy way to keep track of random, but significant thoughts and ideas. They can also help you to remember important phone number, things you need to get done or appointments. The difficult part is to keep your notes organized and not forget about them.

If Thunderbird is your eMail client, you will find the following Thunderbird notes addons very handy for organizing your thoughts and ideas. In addition, they may help you with increasing productivity A Simple Productivity Guide for Everyone With all distractions that modern life brings, it's not easy to keep your productivity up. Whether you're an enthusiastic procrastinator, or just happen to have very little time at hand. Read More with your eMail activities.


With XNote, you can attach sticky notes to individual eMails.

To take full advantage of XNote, you should first add the XNote button to your Thunderbird toolbar. For this > right-click onto an empty spot in your toolbar and select > Customize… This will bring up the “Customize Toolbar” window. Locate the XNote button and drag it into a convenient spot within your toolbar. Then hit > Done in the customization window.


You can also create a sticky through the right-click menu. Simply > right-click anywhere into an eMail and you’ll find the > XNote option at the very top of the menu.

In this Thunderbird notes addon, sticky notes are attached to a single eMail and will appear only when that eMail is selected. You can re-size the sticky and move it to any location on your screen. It will disappear as soon as you select another eMail and reappear when you select that eMail again.

thunderbird notes addon

To see which eMails contain notes, you have to manually add a new column to your folder display. To do this, > left-click the right-most icon on the bar that lets you sort eMails by subject, date, etc. and select > Notes from the list.


thunderbird notes addon

For more tips a tricks, visit the XNote port to Thunderbird 3.


ThunderNote is a Thunderbird notes addon that allows you to keep track of multiple notes within different categories.

It works much like a standalone tool, only that it is integrated into Thunderbird with a separate toolbar button. You can add the button to your toolbar as described for the XNote button above.


When you click the button, ThunderNote launches within a separate window.

thunderbird notes addon

You can now add categories and notes. This extension features only the bare necessities, i.e. writing notes, organizing them within categories, printing individual notes, syncing, as well as import/export through CSV files.

sync notes


For more information about ThunderNote, visit its Google Code site.

Are you looking for Thunderbird-independent note taking apps? Jeffry covered Four Free Quick Note Taking Apps For The Mac Four Free Quick Note Taking Apps For The Mac Read More . I compiled 3 Dead-simple Apps For Note Taking & List Making 3 Dead-simple Apps For Note Taking & List Making Read More (Windows and online) and I introduced the online tool Springnote.

If you haven’t done so yet, I recommend you to extend Thunderbird with Google Calendar to handle your appointments. I have described the procedure in my post How To Integrate Google Calendar Into Thunderbird How to Integrate Google Calendar Into Thunderbird You're using Thunderbird and Google Calendar and you wonder how you can unite the two? We show you how to fully integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird. Read More and even though the versions have changed, it essentially still works the same.

Have you adjusted Thunderbird to increase your productivity? Please share what works best for you!

Related topics: Desktop Email Client, Mozilla Thunderbird, Note-Taking Apps.

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  1. VM
    April 12, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you, I had not seen this option: "left-click the right-most icon on the bar that lets you sort eMails by subject, date, etc. and select > Notes from the list."

  2. Arvi Guinto
    August 18, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Are we able to do "Game Save " if we are making a portable games?

  3. Anonymous
    April 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Nice tips. And Xnotes runs fine on Thunderbird 38.7.2 running on Linux :-)

  4. Jakub
    April 9, 2010 at 1:52 am

    XNote does not work with thunderbird 3 - the name of the articele is misleading

    • Tina
      April 9, 2010 at 2:03 am

      I'm using Thunderbird 3.0.4, which is the latest version of Thunderbird. XNote has been working fine with this version.

      You need to follow the link in the article above and download the experimental XNote 2.2.0pre1. For the download link to become available, you have to check the box next to "Let me install this experimental add-on."

      I should have pointed out that I'm writing about the experimental XNote 2.2.Opre1 extension.

  5. Drew Yeh
    February 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the addons! I rarely see anyone giving thunderbird any love anymore. Gmail's won over. :(