Threading is a useful way of displaying your message list in Thunderbird. Instead of just listing messages sorted by date, Thunderbird can group messages in tree-like structures by conversations.
What is threading?
Threading puts email conversations together hierarchically. This is especially handy to keep conversations on mailing lists organized, with a lot of people replying to various messages of a conversation. Also, it saves you from losing individual messages of a conversation in stacks of other messages, and lets you perform mass actions like deleting or ignoring a whole conversation. Sounds useful? Let’s try!
Threading is turned off by default in Thunderbird but you can easily turn it on.
- Click the menu button and select the Alt key to make the classic menu bar appear and open the menu). menu (or, press the
- In the submenu, click . Your messages will jump together into tree structures that can be expanded or collapsed with the ▹ arrow next to the subject.
If threaded view doesn’t suit you, you can disable it by following the above steps and selectingin the menu.
- To perform an action for all messages in a thread – for example delete, archive or tag them – select a collapsed thread and click the respective button. You can still perform actions for individual messages by expanding the thread and selecting the message.
- If a conversation on a mailing list doesn’t interest you, you can ignore it. Ignoring will hide (but not delete) a thread from your list of messages, and disable new mail notifications for new replies. To ignore a thread or a subthread, see Ignoring threads.