Keeping threaded view in Thunderbird

Users of Mozilla Thunderbird, may have noticed that if you are viewing messages in threaded view, clicking on a column name (other than the thread column) will turn off threaded view.

What if you want to keep threaded view on? Go to Tools–>Options–>Advanced–>General, and click on “Config Editor“.
In the Config Editor, search for the preference mailnews.thread_pane_column_unthreads. Double-click on it, which should change the value to false.
That’s it. 🙂

23 Responses

  1. Jason April 5, 2007 / 7:47 pm

    This is a great tip — I accidentally do this often!

    However, it doesn’t appear to work in the TB 2.x bleeding edge build that I use. Have something changed that would break this?

  2. localhost April 6, 2007 / 6:17 am

    Why is it needed to remove this feature by default? I love this one.

  3. Bram April 6, 2007 / 7:11 am

    Indeed, as localhost says, why not have this feature on by default? At this point, the default behaviour is confusing…

  4. michael schurter April 11, 2007 / 1:35 pm

    There’s a fix for this?! Thank you thank you thank you thank you.

    I had just given up on being able to easily sort my mail!

    Please please please please turn this off by default!

  5. Matt Dell May 10, 2007 / 11:17 pm

    Hi I am using the release candidate 2.0 (2.0.20070326)
    Doesn’t seem to work for me either
    Any thoughts?
    Came here via Lifehacker btw

  6. namit May 11, 2007 / 3:16 am

    Yes i am using 2.0 with Imap also and it does not work for me.

  7. Rory McCann May 11, 2007 / 11:00 am

    Cool, thanks a million, that had annoyed me so much. 🙂

  8. Tina May 31, 2007 / 11:17 am

    In the Mac version, there is no Tools -> Options menu, and Thunderbird -> Preferences -> General -> Advanced doesn’t offer a Config editor. Any advice?

  9. Keith December 3, 2007 / 12:57 pm

    So, there is an easy solution for TBird 2. Simply click the leftmost column header, which is (as if by magic) “click to display message threads”.

    Viola! your threads are restored.

  10. Paul March 2, 2008 / 12:08 am

    Since you’re so smart (honestly, this is amazing!), do you know how to show more than 7 levels of threading?

  11. Chris December 6, 2008 / 11:37 am

    Thanks for the tip regarding Thunderbird 2.0

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