This guide describes the GeneralSync integration provided by the official Thunderbird add-on. It is divided into the following feature-specific sections:
Note that this document is intended as reference providing some background information on the GeneralSync integration; it is not required to read through this document in order to use GeneralSync. If you are not yet familiar with Mozilla Thunderbird, you might want to check out the official support resources provided by Mozilla as well. Thunderbird features unaltered by the GeneralSync integration will not be covered in this guide.
While starting GeneralSync for PC for the first time, the first-run setup installs the add-on by default. On the next start of Thunderbird, you will get prompted to confirm the installation:
Check the option Allow this installation, click continue and confirm the required restart to enable GeneralSync features.
If you did not choose to install the add-on during the first-run setup, or switched your Thunderbird profile, you can also install the add-on manually:
If you have the Lightning extension enabled (default since Thunderbird 38), Thunderbird provides calendar features. This section describes how to use Calendars managed by GeneralSync. If Lightning is not enabled, you cannot use Calendars with Thunderbird.
Calendars available through GeneralSync are automatically added to Thunderbird. You can also create new GeneralSync calendars directly from Thunderbird by right-clicking on the list of calendars in the calendar tab:
Then, select the option New Calendar.... The new calendar dialog will open:
Choose the option Decentralized via GeneralSync and continue to specify the details for the new calendar:
Similar to any other calendar used in Thunderbird, you can specify a name, color, and whether or not you wish to be notified on alarms within the calendar you're adding. The settings on this page are not synced by GeneralSync. It is thus possible to assign different names in Thunderbird and on GeneralSync, simply by renaming the calendar in the GeneralSync dashboard later on.
Setting the correct email address is essential for event invitations: Thunderbird will use the given address to send event invitations and to find a suitable calendar for incoming event invitations.
Once you confirmed your configuration, the calendar can be used in Thunderbird:
If you wish to use an existing calendar with GeneralSync, perform the following steps:
On calendars linked with GeneralSync, you can view version information on each event in the event editing dialog:
The displayed information consists of a timestamp of the last change, and the device issuing the change. If the device issuing the change is not paired or otherwise has no known name, a technical device ID is displayed instead.
If the same event is changed on multiple devices, GeneralSync cannot automatically determine which change should be kept. The event will thus be in a conflict state, and can't be displayed in the calendar.
Thunderbird notifies you of existing conflicts with a warning sign in the bottom left corner of the calendar tab:
You can view conflicting versions by clicking on Resolve conflicts...:
Select the version you wish to keep, and click Resolve to save your selection. Your selection will then be synced to other devices automatically.
If you do not wish to select a version right now, you can use the Skip button to go to the next conflict, if any. Once all conflicts were resolved or skipped, the dialog finishes:
This section describes how to use address books managed by GeneralSync as regular address books in Thunderbird.
Address books available through GeneralSync are automatically added to Thunderbird. You can also create new GeneralSync address books directly from Thunderbird through the address book window (accessible through a toolbar button in the main window):
Choose File|New|GeneralSync Address Book. A dialog will ask you for the address books name; once you confirmed the name the new address book is ready to be used. Just like with calendars, you can rename the address book in the GeneralSync dashboard later, without changing its name in Thunderbird.
You can drag and drop existing contacts into GeneralSync address books. Thus, the easiest way to move contacts from existing address books to GeneralSync is to select them (Ctrl+A to select all entries) and drag them onto a newly created address book.
For contacts stored in a GeneralSync address book there are minor differences to regular contacts:
If the same contact is changed on multiple devices, GeneralSync cannot automatically determine which change should be kept. The contact will thus be in a conflict state, and can't be displayed in the address book.
If any of your address books contain conflicting contacts, a warning is shown below the list of address books:
Conflicts are also displayed in the properties of affected address books. Click on Resolve conflicts... to open the conflict resolution UI:
You can then select the change you wish to keep and click Resolve, or click skip to immediately skip to the next conflict without resolving. After resolving a conflict, its resolution is synced back to all other devices. You thus do not need to resolve the same conflict twice.
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