If you’ve set up Indicator Applet to include Mozilla Thunderbird, you may have noticed that the notifications are somewhat limited compared to what you get for the default email client, Evolution. But by installing a Thunderbird add-on and a small package, you can get a green envelope notification for newly received mail in the Indicator Applet, as well as a “black bubble” pop-up notification that blends in with the rest of your Gnome desktop.
First off, download the “Indicators for Thunderbird” add-on and install it:
In Thunderbird, go to Tools > Add-ons, click the Install button, locate/select the file you downloaded, and click OK.
You will note that the envelope indicator will be green when you get new mail, but you may also get an error message complaining about that libnotify-bin must be installed (to get popup notifications), so just enter the following into a terminal:
sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin
Once installed, you’ll get the familiar “black bubbles” popups for incoming mail.
Bonus: Also works with other distros like Arch.
Limitation: Only works with your Inbox; if you filter your incoming email into different folders, you won’t be informed when new (filtered) email arrives.
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