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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Sunday September 11, 2005
07:32 PM

Thunderbird: The Darkening!

[ #26681 ]
Dear Log,

I can't stand the default appearance of Thunderbird on my system: it's like staring into a lightbulb. I like things darker.

So, possibly forgoing any number of more proper or comprehensive ways to do it, I found that I get pretty close to what I want by creating a ~/.thunderbird/STUFF.default/chrome/userContent.css file consisting of this:

body {
   color:            #ffffff !important;
   background-color: #22095b !important;
   /* line-height: 1.25em !important; */

and then a ~/.thunderbird/STUFF.default/chrome/userChrome.css

@namespace url("");

tree {
  color:            #ffffff !important;
  background-color: #22095b !important;
  border-color: #8f8 !important;

treechildren::-moz-tree-row(selected) {
  background-color: #52398b !important;

.headerContainer * {
  color:            #ffffff !important;
  background-color: #004    !important;

.headerName {
  font-weight: normal !important;

This is part of my grand, emacs-inspired, plan of learning to customize apps without feeling obliged to first digest a whole massive manual/reference to every last detail of the relevant app's internals. This helps me cope with The Nightmare.