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Thunderbird reply position

Sometimes I put up with computer stupidity much longer than I should. By default, Thunderbird positions the cursor at the bottom of the e-mail body when replying to an e-mail instead of at the top. I couldn't figure out how to change it, so instead I rewired my brain to press Ctrl+r, Ctrl+Home to reply.

Today I decided enough is enough. After a brief Google search I found the solution to setting the reply position on e-mails to the top instead of the bottom. The stupid thing is that it's not an application-wide setting, it's an account setting.

1. In Thunderbird: Go to "Edit > Account Settings" *
2. Select "Composition & Addressing" for the account in question
3. Make sure the "Automatically quote the original message when replying" checkbox is checked.
4. In the dropdown box below that, select the option "start my reply above the quote"

This worked for Thunderbird 1.5, ymmv

If you found this advice helpful, please consider making a small donation to The Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit group that brought us Thunderbird.

* update: on Windows, the option can be found in: Tools -> Account Settings.

update 2: If you're commenting to say "thank you": You're welcome!


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Feb. 28th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)

Because people have a hard time following what's going on.
> What's wrong with top-posting.
Mar. 1st, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
That's somewhat unrealistic, because in an email thread you're probably already familiar with the quoted text. To each his own.

> Because people have a hard time following what's going on.
> > What's wrong with top-posting.
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Mar. 1st, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Assuming this dailykos user has their facts straight, here's a primary schedule:


WA state isn't on there, so I have no idea when our primary is. Historically, it's been late and insignificant.
Feb. 13th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
I started using Thunderbird recently,
and people were complaining about me reply'ing messages without answers :P
Feb. 21st, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
Thunderbird Rely Position
This ability just won me over to Thunderbird, or so it seems - it was the reply position that was keeping me away from this client - your post has been of great help !!! Thank you...
Mar. 3rd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks...a bunch...

I also put up with this stupidity for way too long...

Thanks for your tip. it made my life little easier..
Mar. 13th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
thank god
Thank God for google and your article. It was beyond me that a software company of this caliber can A.) have this option as default and B.) Not have it in the normal app wide settings. Does any other major email client or web email service do the quote at the top?
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
This was making me crazy! I didn't bother figuring out keyboard shortcuts...I just googled... How did we ever live without google?

FYI, in my client it's Tools -> Account Settings, not Edit -> Account Settings. I'm using on Windows.

Thanks again!
Mar. 18th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you
You know man, that's quite something..
it was a headache for me for a while that clients used to send me back my replied emails.. "where is your reply".. It's just not common to scroll down to the end..
It was a nice tip .. thanks again..
Mar. 21st, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
Yes, thanks from me too!
I love Thunderbird, but even more now! Thanks again!
Apr. 13th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
I just switched to Thunderbird and this was my only complaint. Thanks for bringing sanity back to my life!!
Jun. 16th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
yay! all* my problems are solved
thanks so much! i, like many people i now see, was having a real issue with that. I'm totally sold on Thunderbird and have been using it for months and have just dealt with manually making it reply at the top... i figured there had to be a way to fix this, with the superiority of it being a Mozilla product, but had never taken the time to work it out myself (or search for it on Google, as i just did).. anyway... thanks!

*all = one problem i had w/Thunderbird anyway... i wish i could say all my problems were now fixed.. heh... then i think i'd owe you more than just a simple thanks though!
Aug. 13th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks Dude
From a husband who is IT support for his wife...THANK YOU! I thought I was going to have to end up getting rid of Thunderbird and reinstalling Outlook.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot
Thanks for leaving us a guideline to change the strange settings
Sep. 5th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
omg thank you

i was getting so aggravated!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep. 12th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, that was annoying me too
I googled the same problem and came up with your advice... perfect
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