Send Email from Nautilus using Thunderbird September 15, 2006Posted by Carthik in applications, guides, ubuntu.
Right clicking on a file on your desktop, or from anywhere in nautilus gives you a “Send To…” option. This enables you to send the file via email using Evolution.
If you use Thunderbird as your mail app, then you certainly want the file to be sent using Thunderbird, but making this change is not so easy. Changing the default email reader in System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications to Thunderbird should fix this, but since we don’t yet live in an ideal world, it doesn’t.
It looks like nautilus’ preference for Evolution as the mail client to use for the right-click-send-to comes hard-coded in the nautilus send-to plugin, and this plugin is installed on your Ubuntu computer. This nautilus send-to bug has already been noted.
To choose Thunderbird as the app to be used for “Send to…” you will need to use the instructions at Thunderbird support for nautilus send-to.
As a bonus, here’s the page listing all of Thunderbird’s command line options – for when you want to send a file from a command prompt.
(Though I had to solve the above problem with Thunderbird recently for a friend, I am a recent sylpheed-claws-gtk convert. It is absolutely the fastest and best email client I have come across till date.)