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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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Sep. 19th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
yeah :D
thanks, I didn't know how to do this, so far ;P
Sep. 25th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
Oh you sweet sweet person
Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you
Oct. 17th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
comes up as the first result on google and fully helpful!!
Oct. 24th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
Thanks for this tip! Just started using Thunderbird yesterday and was irritated by the reply coming below the comment!!
Oct. 26th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you
Thank you VERY MUCH! Rafaël
Nov. 22nd, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Helpful as hell!
Dec. 3rd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
You've already got quite a few comments saying this, but I'll add another: THANK YOU!

I hope the developers come across this page and these comments - it might encourage them to change the default setting. It really was VERY frustrating. And like everyone else, I had been looking in Options rather than Account Settings.
Dec. 21st, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for solving, a quick Google search found this page. Why oh why is it not in the options settings!!!!!!
Jan. 1st, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the tips. I think TB team should officially thank you for that in include this into their FAQ. I am really at the edge of dumping TB. It is really good to learn that Thunderbird has that ability.
It is so natural to read an email from then top and I cannot understand why TB set the reply start from the bottom. I hope TB team can really look into this and use this setting as default. I can live with the fact that it is a per-account setting.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
that was the ONE annoying thing about thunderbird. why oh why would they not make this the default setting? weird.
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this
This was distubring me aswell! Ty dude!
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks mate! Wrecking my tits as well. Maybe someone should forward this post ane comments to Mozilla
Feb. 9th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
TB top position
Thanks alot for this very usefull blogpost. I was frustrated because I been working with TB for quite a few years now and this was the only frustrating thing left.
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
anoying default setting
Very usefull, people always complained about no replies or having to scroll down to read the reply, cheers
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
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