Thunderbird default email sorting

One thing that has been annoying me for a while was not finding a way to sort emails by default with the most recent at the top.  I use a lot of folders on my imap account so its annoying that each time a new folder is added or imported the sort order is backwards. I did some searching and found others with the issue and the solution.

Here’s a step-by-step solution.

1. Select Tools->Options…

2. Select Advanced and the General tab.

3. Press the Config Editor button.

4. In the about:config window, put ‘sort’ in the filter

5. Change the value for mailnews.default_sort_order to 2.

6. Ensure that the value for mailnews.default_sort_type is 18 for date sorting.


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4 Responses to “Thunderbird default email sorting”

  1. Miguel Angel Romero Arcas Says:

    Hi pal,

    I think you forget to delete the .msf files in order to force Thunderbird to recreate them using the new settings.

    I made myself what you said but it didn’t work until the .msf files was deleted.

    I hope this helps!

    See you!

  2. jdramer Says:

    Hmmm, I did notice that once I had already opened a folder this change would not take effect. Deleting the .msf files makes sense. Thanks!

  3. PaulK Says:

    Awesome! Thanks. Is there a similar setting to thread them?

    Thanks again


  4. thom Says:

    worked perfectly, thanks! 🙂


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