On our HP pavilion we run Windows XP and use Thunderbird 1.5.x as the mail client. Thunderbird has worked well overall, but there were a few problems that we saw with Thunderbird on Windows that I never saw when we were running Thunderbird 1.0.x under Debian and on my new laptop, where I run Thunderbird 1.5.x on Ubuntu.
One of the most annoying problems was that when an image is received in a message, if you try to forward the message using Thunderbird on Windows XP, the image does not arrive with the message. The recipient of the message reports back that they just see an “x” where the image is supposed to be.
I looked at the HTML of one of these messages a long time ago, and saw some strange xml attribute that appeared to be disabling images on thunderbird — I don’t recall the actual attribute name, but it was enough for me to decide that fixing the problem might involve a setting somewhere in Thunderbird. A search through all the menus and options turned up no solution.
Finally, I was about to convert the HP over to Microsoft Outlook. But that made problems for the users, who complained that now they were going to have to learn a whole new email client! This, coupled with the fact that I don’t know much about Outlook myself, sent me back into research mode.
I searched Google for combinations of Windows, Thunderbird, pictures, images, etc. Finally a search for “Thunderbird cannot forward picture” brought me to a forums.mozillazine.org discussion titled But # 315615 Fixed or Not??.
This confirmed that Thunderbird 1.5.x has a bug involving forwarding images. The bug apparently has been fixed somewhere in the Version 1.8.x line of code, which is available for download and building in the Mozilla development archive. The fix that has been implemented applies the type of functionality that exists in “Reply” and “Reply to All” to the “Forward” function.
And there I saw the temporary work-around! If you want to forward images using Thunderbird 1.5.x on Windows XP, the solution is to click “Reply,” then change the “To” address to the addresses of whichever new people you want to receive the pictures. Try it. It works!
I’m using Thundebird 22.214.171.124
I tried your reply method and it didn’t forward the photos.
Richard Cooper () - 04 12 06 - 01:21
Same results here with 126.96.36.199 – pictures aren’t forwarded.
Joe () (URL) - 04 12 07 - 21:13
An easier way is:-
* Highlight the message you want to forward that has an inline image
* From the Message menu, select Edit Message as New (Ctrl-E)
* Change to To: field to the person to whom you want to forward the message
* Personalize the message if you wish and then send it
* The inline images will be included
Cant believe thunderbird has had this bug for over a year now!
Deke () - 17 01 08 - 12:29
Finally, I found something that works for me (188.8.131.52):
Tools > Options > Composition > General tab, Forward messages: “As Attachment”
I found the hint at this URL
although, the hint suggested setting Forward messages: “Inline”
At least the recipient is not getting the blank space where the inline picture was supposed to be.
I don’t yet know if the recipient receives them as an attachment or inline.
I also could not believe Thunderbird had not fixed this problem by now.
Paul () - 20 12 07 - 18:15
I simply cannot believe that they still have not fixed this bug in Thunderbird for Windows.
This workaround has worked for me on Windows Vista Home Premium NL and Thunderbird EN 184.108.40.206.
It is so annoying that the inline forward function fails to work as expected.
Johan () - 11 12 07 - 22:24
11/18/07 – I have Thunderbird Ver.220.127.116.11 (20071031) I can’t send pictures and I tried this work-around. It did not work. What slse can I try.
Bob King () - 19 11 07 - 01:45
the workaround in Thunderbird 18.104.22.168 does forward pictures!
Corinna () (URL) - 26 10 07 - 16:02
Had the problem with 1.5. Workarounds described above (reply with address change, edit message as new) work sometimes only. Just upgraded to 22.214.171.124 (20080213); problem persists. Really cutting down on humor quotient net-wide.
Neal () - 08 03 08 - 22:14
Still not fixed in 126.96.36.199. Deke’s work around is the cleanest. Good suggestion!
Mike () - 07 07 08 - 22:33
Or version 188.8.131.52
Tony () - 18 09 08 - 01:24
184.108.40.206 here and still not fixed. Forwarding emails as attachments works for me though. Bummer it’s still not fixed… =(
Jason - 23 07 09 - 15:54
Version 220.127.116.11 and the only way I have found to forward the picture AND edit out all the other stuff that came with it is by using the first suggestion here – use “REPLY,” edit out what I don’t want, and just enter the “TO” address I want. Beats having to go to IE to get this done!
Carl - 03 03 10 - 10:38