I seek for using LibreOffice Writer or a similar tool as a mail composer and reader in the Evolution.

In Windows Outlook I have used Microsoft Word directly for writing mails. Evolution default mail editor does not enable easy and precise HTML formatting (see comments). One month without answer shows that there is probably no possibility how to configure my present Evolution version (3.2.3) in Ubuntu 12.04 to use the LibreOffice Writer for writing mails and the same Writer or gedit for writing calendar appointment descriptions. I think that many people need it; maybe somebody has so adapted the Evolution source code for his purpose; it would be far more than worth of a bounty of all my reputation. Or, more attention to it will motivate the developers to adapt it in near future.

(I am trying to return to my original question meaning.)

  • @terdon: You have deleted a branch of my question about possibility to use Thunderbird instead of Evolution for the purpose. Is the answer 'No, use Evolution"? Commented May 16, 2014 at 2:35
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    No, sorry, the reason is that we really don't want multiple questions in a single post. You should post one question asking if this is possible in evolution and another asking if its possible in thunderbird. Questions on the stack exchange sites should be specific.
    – terdon
    Commented May 16, 2014 at 12:53
  • I need it strongly: Up to now I do not know, how to write a fixed (not divisible) space, instead of thinking about the text content I hesitate how to format it. And an Internet link, that I have well tested by writing, was sent badly from the Evolution. Commented Jun 28, 2014 at 10:32
  • For me it is really necessary. Even composing mails by the LibreOffice Writer and copying the result into an Evolution draft does not work satisfactorily; I publish a lot of correspondence at my website and also do need precise formatting in a further correspondence about technical and programming things. Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 23:19
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    Now I realize yet one reason why to use the LibreOffice Writer or something like it: not only the capability to write mails and files *.htm for publishing by the same tool; but also compatibility with existing files written by the Word 2003; for the format I have made a tool for switchable color emphasizing key words. Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 22:54

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There is a plugin to do this - you should be able to install the plugin with

sudo apt-get install evolution-plugins*

You then need to enable and configure under 'Edit' > 'Plugins': Under 'Configuration', put the command to open the editor - in this case <code>libreoffice --writer</code> You can set this to the command libreoffice --writer which will launch libreoffice --writer, but you could leave it as the default gedit.

Once set up, you simply need to open the compose window, and then open it in the external editor: look under 'File' for 'Edit in external editor'

You can then edit the message in Libreoffice, and when you save it and exit the message will be in Evolution: enter image description here

The only real problem with this is as it seems to use a text/plain format, no formatting is saved from Libreoffice.
Works with Evolution 3.8.5

Also, if just want a format when you can use links and formatting, set the type to HTML: This can include formatting, embedded images, emoticons :D , and also has a thing that can be used to create and test links.


Thunderbird does what you want. Instructions are here: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Plain_text_e-mail_%28Thunderbird%29#Send_HTML_messages

As the content is copyrighted I won't duplicate it here.

Thunderbird also integrates with a local calendar via an add-on called Lightning.


Here's an image of an event being added. You can see that it's fully featured


It fully integrates with thunderbird. Here's an image without my email setup to give you an idea. You can see the scheduling in the right hand column. If I still had my email account setup it would show this list in the body of the main screen.


For information on how to use an external editor with Thunderbird see here


You can use SeaMonkey. This client has HTML editor for this issue.

  • Can you please provide more information? Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 0:09

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