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How to make Thunderbird compose mail with “Paragraph” as default?

I'm trying to do the exact opposite of How To Make Thunderbird Compose Mail With "Body Text" As Default?. So my current default setting for composition is "Body Text", but I want it to be "Paragraph".


Just doing it the opposite way of the accepted answer doesn't work: If I select Format⇒Paragraph⇒Paragraph (from the menu bar), it does the formatting for the current e-mail; when I open another message, however, it starts out with "Paragraph" selected, but as soon as I type the first letter of my e-mail, it changes to "Body Text".

Is this a bug? Can anybody reproduce this behavior?

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I have found that to set the default to "Paragraph" or "Body Text", you need to navigate from the main menu:

Tools->Options->"Composition" region -> "General" tab

In the HTML section, find the option for "When using paragraph format, the enter key creates a new paragraph"

Select that option if you want "Paragraph" as the default. Deselect that option if you want "Body Text" as the default.

I am using Beta version 45.0 of Thunderbird

In Thunderbird 45+ you could change between "Paraghraph" and "Body Text" style from

Tools -> Options (Preferences) -> Composition -> Check/Uncheck the following option:

"When using paragraph format, the enter key creates a new paragraph"

Answer: You can't. (I would love for the TB team to invalidate this answer some day.)

For me, I've coped by including the Alt+O P P keystrokes into my composition routine, which quickly sets the format to Paragraph for new messages.