To make delayed/planned sending of emails possible
Send later button needs to immediately let you schedule WHEN to send automatically.
I don't see any option to schedule it even after I had to go to help to find out it was stuck in the outbox.
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Dear Erique, the idea is good. There is already an add-on doing exactly this.
It will be useful to be able to schedule the sending of an email on a specific date , later and schedule this calendar bis as soon as the email is written.
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There may already be add-ons to send an e-mail at a later date, but I don't think this functionality is so far-removed from what we would expect as basic or standard for writing emails.
If Gmail and Outlook offer this natively, Thunderbird should also do it, and it might even be beneficial for those who have e-mail providers or clients that do not support such an (important) feature.
It would be nice to have more options in Thunderbird to send emails later, whether a global option or a per email option. Being able to schedule (delay) sending of an email until a specific calendar date, as one user suggested above, would definitely be a plus.
A few people mentioned the "Send Later" extension. Let me clarify a few things about that. The extension has a few limitations that are not obvious to new users.
1) To effectively use this extension, you should remove the default "Send" button from the toolbar of your compose window. Why? Because clicking on Send from the compose window sends the email IMMEDIATELY and bypasses Send Later, with one exception.
(If in the extension options for Send Later, you checked the box for "Send" does "Send Later," then clicking on the default Send button in the compose window delays the sending of the message automatically by the number of minutes you indicated previously in the extension's settings.)
2) If you know you want to send a message later and do not have "Send" does "Send Later" configured in the extension's options, then to send a message later, you must click the File menu in the compose window, select Send Later, and then enter time time to send it and other restrictions, which you will see in the popup window.
3) In the extension's options, you can check the box for "Send" delays messages for ___ minutes OR the box for "Send" does "Send Later," but not both.
Gmail and Outlook are mentioned as examples, but these are interfaces to a server infrastructure, not mail clients. I do not see a resonable way that TB could handle a scheduled send without knowing when my Laptop will be online (again). Perhaps with a bunch of requirements about the mail server which makes it hardly usable. So, I'd vote not to invest time here.