This section allows you to change the type, size and character set of the display fonts. Message Body sets the font for the reader pane, Composer sets the font for writing messages in the composer window.
This section allows you to change the color of the text by double clicking on an item in the listbox. Recycle colors on deep quoting means that even text that is quoted more than three times will appear in color. Note that the Quoted text colors only work in the message reader, not in the composer. If you want folders which are close to their quota (space allotment, usually used on IMAP servers) to be displayed in a different color, you can specify a percentage value as a threshold for this. The color to be used can be configured along with the other custom colors.
This tab lets you configure the layout of the main window.
In the Folder List section you can choose between the Long folder list using the full height of the window and the Short folder list with the message preview pane using the bottom part of the window.
If you want to have your favorite folders and a quick search field for folders at the top left of the main window select the next two options.
You can choose where you want the Message Preview Pane or choose not to have it at all.
In the General section you can alter the appearance of the Message List pane.
Choose to Display tooltips for messages and group headers. Check Hide tab bar when only one tab is open to have more space for the messages in the list.
The next options are the settings for Default Aggregation and Default Theme which can be overridden using the Folder Properties dialog for each folder individually.
Using the button opens a window to customize the default aggregation or theme to your needs and allows you to add your own.
A brief overview of the predefined aggregations and themes:
- Senders/Receivers, Flat
This view groups the messages by senders or receivers (depending on the folder type). Messages are not threaded.
- Activity by Date, Flat
This view uses day-by-day groups. Messages are not threaded. So for example, in “Today” you will simply find all the messages arrived today.
- Activity by Date, Threaded
This view uses day-by-day groups. Messages are threaded. So for example, in “Today” you will find all the messages arrived today and all the threads.
- Current Activity, Flat
This view uses smart date range groups. Messages are not threaded. So for example, in “Today” you will simply find all the messages arrived today.
- Current Activity, Threaded
This view uses smart date range groups. Messages are threaded. So for example, in “Today” you will find all the messages arrived today and all the threads that have been active today.
- Thread Starters
This view groups the messages in threads and then groups the threads by the starting user.
- Flat Date View
This is a plain and old list of messages sorted by date: no groups and no threading.
- Standard Mailing List
This is a plain and old mailing list view: no groups and heavy threading.
A fancy multiline and multi-item theme
- Fancy with Clickable Status
A fancy multiline and multi-item theme with a clickable status column
A simple, backward compatible, single row theme
In the Date Display section you can choose between several date formats. The Localized Format is the one you can specify under Country/Region & Language in the System Settings. For the Custom format you can get a description of the possible values by clicking on Custom format information option.
If the Close message window after replying or forwarding option is activated, KMail will close the message window after replying to or forwarding the message that is displayed in the window. This only applies to the separate message window, not to the embedded message preview pane.
By default, Enable access key is enabled. Access keys allow you to use the keyboard keys for functions which would perhaps normally be done with the mouse, such as following links. For more information on access keys please see Access keys.
Show HTML status bar activates a bar at the left side of the reader pane that tells you if a message is HTML or not. This is important because HTML messages might imitate the look of a signed and encrypted message, so you should be aware of the fact that you are reading an HTML message. The HTML status bar itself cannot be influenced by the HTML code of the message.
Enable Replace smileys by emoticons if you want smileys
:-) appearing in the message text to be
replaced by emoticons (small pictures) such as
Enable Reduce font size for quoted text to show quoted text with a smaller font.
Enable Show expand/collapse quote marks to show different levels of quoted text. Disable to hide the levels of quoted text.
Fallback character encoding: Some emails, especially those generated automatically, do not specify the character encoding which needs to be used to properly display them. In such cases a fallback character encoding will be used, which you can configure here. Set it to the character encoding most commonly used in your part of the world. As a default the encoding configured for the whole system is used.
Override character encoding: Changing this from its default Auto will force the use of the specified encoding for all emails, regardless of what they specify themselves.
Minimum font size: This option allows you to set the smallest size a font will show as. This can be helpful if you have a hard time reading really small fonts.
To customize which headers you would like to view in the message window (e.g. subject, from, to, cc, bcc, date), click the button next to Headers:. Add your selection in the dialog that pops up. If you are using fancy headers, you can enable Show spam status in fancy headers here. Please note that if your email provider does not provide Spamassassin services to check your email for spam, you will need to install it on your computer. e.g. through a package manager (Yast on SuSE®, Ubuntu™ Software Center on Ubuntu™ etc.). For more information see: Anti-Spam Wizard to set up spamassassin with KMail.
If you enable the system tray icon then a small KMail icon with the number of unread messages will be shown in the system tray. You can enable KMail's system tray icon with Enable system tray icon, and with System Tray Mode you can specify whether the tray icon should always be shown or only if you have unread messages.
If the icon is visible then you can hide KMail's main window by clicking on the icon or by clicking on the window close button. By clicking on the icon you can make KMail's main window visible again. If you click on the icon with the mousebutton then you get a menu with a few useful commands. You can check for new mail, create a new message or quit KMail. Additionally, there is the entry New Messages In which lists all folders containing unread messages. If you choose one of those folders then this folder will be selected in KMail's main window.