Aggregate E-Mail Accounts with Thunderbird and NaturallySpeaking

If you use Thunderbird, Mozilla Foundation’s free e-mail client, you know that it’s an open source application and works cross-platform. This means that it is created by developers who donate their time and share code. It can be used with Windows, Mac, or Linux.

If you haven’t used Thunderbird, consider it if you want to aggregate e-mails across several e-mail accounts. Thunderbird doesn’t send e-mail on its own. It lets you combine your accounts and work from one main source. It has several add-ons and lets you configure your e-mail account in a way that makes sense for you.

After you set up and open Thunderbird, you notice that it looks like most other e-mail clients. It uses the three-panel window configuration: the folder list, a message list, and a reading pane.

You will find that using Thunderbird is like using the DragonPad. If you can navigate that, you already know how to navigate Thunderbird. Thunderbird acts like a Full Text Control application. You can navigate by saying the menu and submenu names. You can use voice commands for each one by saying “Click” and then the menu name. For example you can say the following as you follow along the top menu:

  • “Click Get Mail”

  • “Click Write”

  • “Click Chat”

When writing e-mails, you say “Go to the Address Book and Pick a Name.” Then you say, “Go to Subject,” and dictate the subject. Then you dictate the body of the message by saying “Move to Message Field.”