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Thunderbird Group Sort – my inbox is now truly reclaimed


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OK, so you hardcore Thunderbird email client users will know this already, but I’ve just discovered the View-Sort by-Grouped by… feature of the program and it’s going to revolutionise my life. Problem? Too many email messages in my two inboxes. Solution? This view displays the top pane in a grouped date order so I can keep track via a live archive of emails in my inbox. No more frantic scrolling through hundreds of messages to find the one I need to read or reply to. Oh bliss! I cannot tell you just how much I needed this without realising it. For the first time ever a marketing puff actually makes it in real life – I now have reclaimed my inbox. Wow.

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 Thunderbird Group Sort   my inbox is now truly reclaimed

Red – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



  • DTM

    I updated my Thunderbird a little while back and this little feature popped up for me as well.

    Every now and then I click the wrong sort mode in the message pane and it disappears and it takes me 10 minutes to find it again but I agree with you Red. It makes everything much much easier.

    Thunderbird is go.

  • http://www.kakao.lv Jealousy

    So now instead of scrolling to find a message you have to click to ungroup, then scroll, then click to group, then click to ungroup next group, then scroll, then… You got the idea why i really, really don’t like this feature :)
    For searching messages there is Search. For more accurate search there is Google Desktop.

  • Red

    Heh, yeah I know it seems weird Jealousy, but believe me it’s working for me. I think it’s because I was just getting too confused with 200-300 messages per folder and having to work out what I’d read and what not, that having them in folders kind of breaks it all up for me. I can keep up to date with the current stuff and leave the older stuff to be dealt with when I get a free second or two. Before that it was all becoming an email blur to me…. :-)

  • LSP

    I can't use the sort-by feature, the button stays gray.
    What do I have to do, so that I can use it?

    • http://www.redferret.net Nigel Powell

      Set the main sort to 'Sort By Date' (View – Sort by – ). That will un-gray the button.

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