Remove auto-created email specific thunderbird folders – have everything go into 1 local folder

Mar 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Internet

This was something that I seemed to have figured out and forgot again so I’ll blog about it this time to keep it permanently in memory 🙂


Anyways, so the deal is when you add a new email account in thunderbird it creates a specific set of folders and subfolders for that new email address.  This is all fine and dandy and probably a much better system than just lumping everything into one folder for your basic user but most power users are going to have their own more robust organizational system that involves hundreds of folders and dozens of filters that sort email from dozens of email addresses.  If you fall into the latter category you probably hate having thunderbird create a new inbox, sent and trash folder for every new email address you create and add.  The annoying part is that there’s no simple way to delete them, you can’t just right click, delete and have the emails go into your main local folder.

What you have to do is go into Tools / Account Settings and then go into the server settings for that account..  At the bottom of that box will be an ‘advanced..’ button in the message storage section.  Click on that and then change that to Global inbox and make sure that include this server when getting new mail is checked.   Restart thunderbird and setup your filters to organize your mail your way and be a little less cluttered in your inbox

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