Highlight Messages Addressed to you in Thunderbird
By user12607856 on May 24, 2006
Now for a Lifehacker hack that useful to everybody. From the March 2006 LH archives, I found a post that points to the blog of Carl Evankovich, where he uses Thunderbird's labelling and filters to "gray out" all email messages not specifically addressed to him.
I'm using Thunderbird 1.5, so I had to look under Edit > Preferences > Display > Labels to find where to set the gray color for my "Later" email.
The other thing that perhaps should be added to Carl's post, that might not be obvious to the average Thunderbird user, is that after you've setup the filter, you need to run Tools > Run Filters on Folder for it to take effect on your current mail folder.
It's a wonderful tip. Very useful to get to exactly the emails that you need to deal with first. Thanks Carl (and LH).