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Your mail merging options with Thunderbird

Apr 21, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

[ Thanks to Roland for this link. ]

"If you use the open source Mozilla Thunderbird email client, you're probably familiar with its powerful address book features: import and export, online status information for your friends, even synchronization. But one thing that's not so obvious is how to do a mail merge to your address book contacts. Fortunately, where there's a will — and some source code — there is a way.

"Because Thunderbird is an email program, of course, if you search for some variation of "mail merge" and "Thunderbird" you will turn up a lot of hits for performing a mail-merge-like activity with email: sending individual email messages to a list of recipients, but with each one individually addressed, rather than bulk-addressed in the To: or BCC: fields. Since this is a common task and shares some of the same steps as performing a printed mail merge, it is worth looking into briefly.

"There is a Thunderbird extension designed to do exactly this email-merging task: Mail Merge, written by Alexander Bergmann. The Mail Merge extension is compatible with the latest Thunderbird 3.0.* releases, and is cross-platform. It supports two features, dubbed Mass Mail and Personal Mail."

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