Thunderbird compose HTML

I'm a purist and I always compose my emails in plain text mode. Every once and a while I need to compose something in HTML. Thunderbird doesn't have an obvious way to switch between the two modes. There is an easy way to switch to HTML mode for a single message, but it's semi-secret. If you hold down the shift key while clicking either New Message, or Reply it will open a new window in HTML mode.
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thankful 2009-12-10 07:40pm - No Email - Logged IP:

Great tip! Thanks.

Fabio Varesano 2010-02-02 05:02pm - fvaresano@... - Logged IP:

Thanks dude! I was just looking for something like this! Cool!

Adonikam 2010-02-14 01:33pm - No Email - Logged IP:

Thanks man. Short and simple and high on Google. God bless you!

honnefinger 2010-03-03 03:46am - No Email - Logged IP:

thanx man. just what I was looking for!

jxf011 2010-03-26 08:47pm - No Email - Logged IP:

Thanks for the tip!!! I use text for all my accounts but, like you, I need to do html compose periodically to embed a picture inline. Shift - Write is perfect.
Btw, this page is Google hit 1 for: thunderbird compose switch to html

Keith Mawdsley 2010-12-08 09:57am - No Email - Logged IP:

argh!!! thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. I have tried tool bar buttons etc. but this is sooo easy!!

Steve 2011-02-16 04:34am - G - Logged IP:

Thanks! It also works when clicking on forward, what I just needed.

Alexey 2011-04-16 02:33am - No Email - Logged IP:

Thaaaank you! I was suffering so long without it!...

Vlada 2011-05-30 02:33pm - No Email - Logged IP:

Great tip, thanks!!!

konnor 2011-06-26 01:35am - No Email - Logged IP:

Ahh, thanks dude, you are awesome :-D (And your post is still No 1. in Google for the terms "thunderbird switch html" ;)

Ronald 2011-08-06 02:19am - No Email - Logged IP:

Super great tip, I wish I took the time to search for this earlier.

markshep 2011-09-06 02:54am - No Email - Logged IP:

I've been faffing around with the accounts settings for years now switching back and forth. Glad there's a much easier way!

radav 2011-10-10 06:24am - yorick2@... - Logged IP:

This is great - i am exactly the same: prefer plain, but sometimes...

  • but for ime it does not work with the "new message button" or "reply". it does works through File > New > Message

(ver Thunderbird 7.01)

Gummo 2011-12-30 02:33pm - No Email - Logged IP:

I already knew that one but came here through Google by searching for a way like the-mailer-that-must-not-be-named :-) handels this: switching between modes when you already wrote a message before you send it. But there doesn't seem to be a way so it's copying of all text and mail adresses, close the mail, open a new one with that HTML trick and paste everything in there. If someone knows a better way, feel free to post :-)

Matthias 2013-09-04 11:16am - No Email - Logged IP:

Wow, this is great. This was exactly the most annoying thing in Thunderbird for me. I need it only very seldom, like every second month, but anyway...

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