changing Thunderbird keyboard shortcuts

How many times have you sent e-mail prematurely on Thunderbird? It's got "Ctrl+Return" shortcut key assigned for "Send Now". It will pop up confirmation dialogue so people like me don't send empty mail. Good... But..., in the dialogue, the default focus is on "Send" button. So, careless people like me will hit 'Return' or 'Space' and send an empty mail anyway.

I tend to use Control key more than an average guy so "Ctrl+Return Return" sequence happens often. So, I decided to change Thunderbird behaviour. I thought I might need to edit Thunderbird binary file. But a little googling found this plugin.

Keyconfig extension - MozillaZine Knowledge Base
The Keyconfig extension (available here) allows you to configure keyboard shortcuts. It works with Firefox, Thunderbird, and (probably) Mozilla Suite/SeaMonkey.

Here's how I downloaded this plugin. I did this because somehow my Firefox couldn't handle this URL well.
curl http://mozilla.dorando.at/keyconfig.xpi > /tmp/keyconfig.xpi

This plugin will add GUI interface for key shortcut config. I just removed the "Ctrl+Return" shortcut. This added one line to prefs.js file under Profiles folder.
user_pref("keyconfig.main.key_send", "!][][");

Now, I'm happy I'm empty e-mail free :)
Comments:

I found someone else with this problem, but they keyconfig extension appears to be out of date. Any tips on disabling the ctl-enter shortcut in the current version of Thunderbird?

Posted by Bob Weber on September 27, 2010 at 08:24 PM JST #

I have only used this in TB2.0

Posted by Katsumi INOUE on September 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM JST #

it is unbelievable that thunderbird and firefoxd are not usable with keyboard only and that reconfiguration of keybindings is not easily possible. What a shame!!! Handicapped people can not use open source tools!

Posted by Keyboard User on November 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM JST #

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