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 Replies to “Keeping threaded view in Thunderbird”

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

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

  6. 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.

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

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