Thunderbird default sort order

Want to set Thunderbird to always sort messages in some order?

OK, here’s some off-the-cuff documentation.

Prefs are named as follows; first three apply to Mail and RSS folders, the
second three to Newsgroups.

mailnews.default_sort_order
mailnews.default_sort_type
mailnews.default_view_flags
mailnews.default_news_sort_order
mailnews.default_news_sort_type
mailnews.default_news_view_flags

In about:config (Tools | Options | Advanced | General | Config Editor), you can
enter “news._def” to filter out all the prefs but these.

sort_order:
byNone 17 byPriority 23 byLocation 29
byDate 18 * byStatus 24 byTags 30
bySubject 19 * bySize 25 byJunkStatus 31
byAuthor 20 * byFlagged 26 byAttachments 32
byId 21 ** byUnread 27 byAccount 33
byThread 22 byRecipient 28 byCustom 34
* = commonly desired values
** = by Order Received (?)

sort_type:
ascending 1
descending 2

view_flags — the second group of values can be added to one of the first group
to combine effects, with several limitations:
Unthreaded 0
Threaded 1
Grouped 64 [mail only (?)]

ShowIgnored 8 [news only]
ShowUnreadOnly 16
ShowExpanded 32 [doesn’t seem to work]

ShowUnreadOnly will check the View|Threads|Unread menu; this will cause only unread items to be seen, but doesn’t force a threaded view.

Last updated on 2024:06:26 at 21:55 UTC

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