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3. Sylpheed FAQ - Interface

3.1 Q01 How do I make Sylpheed display my language?

A. You have to set some environment variables such as LANG,LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES to your local language. Usually LANG (or LC_ALL) is sufficient.

3.2 Q02 I don't like the default font. Can I change that?

A. Yes. In Configuration>common preferences under the "Display" tab.

3.3 Q03 There are too many columns in the message list!!

A. In Configuration>common preferences under the "Display" tab you can press the button "Set display item of summary". That pops up a screen with all the options you can show or leave out of the message list.

3.4 Q04 Can I use a different editor to write my mails?

A. You can. In Configuration>common preferences under the "Other" tab you can define your editor of choice. Remember, if you want to use a command line editor like vi or emacs, to write the name of the shell (term, term, rxvt) with the -e parameter in front of the editor. E.g.: rxvt -e vi %s

3.5 Q05 How to change the font size in the Sylpheed interface?

A. You can set the GTK+ font by ~/.gtkrc, or ~/.gtkrc.mine, (which is included by ~/.gtkrc). For example: style "default" { font = "-adobe-helvetica-medium-r-normal--12-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1 " } widget_class "*" style "default"

3.6 Q06 Sylpheed saves my outgoing mail (in Outbox). Can I make it stop doing that?

A. In Configuration>common preferences there's a checkbox "Save sent message to outbox". Uncheck it, and it's solved.

3.7 Q07 How can I change the key-bindings (hot-keys) in Sylpheed?

A. That is very simple. Suppose you want to assign a shortcut key to a function, e.g. sending all mail out should start when you press Ctrl-Y. Click the Message' menu and move the mouse over "Send all messages". Now you press Ctrl-Y. Immediately the menu text is updated and the function is in place. Please note that a previous function that Ctrl-Y was assigned to, will no longer have a shortcut key. If you want to remove the key binding, do the same thing, but press the "delete" key on the menu-item. Then the key binding is removed.

3.8 Q08 Can I close windows without the mouse?

A. Of course!! Not all windows, but by pressing ESCape, you can close the addressbook, the window of viewing a mail-source (message>view source), the window of viewing the headers, and several others. Just give it a try and you will find all of them.

3.9 Q09 Can I change the way the date is displayed in the message summary?

A. As of 0.4.65 you can. The options are: %y = year in numbers %m = month in number %d = day in numbers %c = date/time for locale %A = full weekday name %a = short month name %B = full month name %b = short month name %H = hours in 24-clock %I = hours in 12-clock For more information go to the configuration menu, select Common preferences / Display and move the mouse cursor over the input box for the date display format.

3.10 Q10 Why can't I see the compface pictures?

A. You need to enable displaying of the header pane in the general preferences

3.11 Q11 I still can't see the pictures. Why not?

A. You may not have compiled in Compface support. See Q11 in the Installation/Configuration section.

3.12 Q12 Why does the URL Launcher not launch my webbrowser?

A. You need to double-click the url.

3.13 Q13 Attachments with spaces in the name won't open!

A. When you try to launch a helper application, like an image viewer, with an attachment that has spaces in the name, put quotes around the %s parameter. Example: gedit '%s'

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