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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. 22nd, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Like everyone else, thanks.

Mozilla: Why the hell did you set this as the default...?
Feb. 26th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
THANK YOU SO MUCH. It was driving me nuts trying to find how to change this!
Mar. 15th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
i found the information helpful..

--Prasanth V
Mar. 27th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
I really like Thunderbird, but like you, I couldn't find the way to alter the reply position... and that really annoyed me a lot! So thanks for your post!
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thank You

just what I needed!
Apr. 1st, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. You have solved my problem.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
Thunderbird Reply Position
Thank you for this. I just wasted the last 30 mins trying to find it out. aaargh!! Then trying to formulate a a question that would find the answer. Who in the world posts replies at the end of a message. What a stupid default setting to have.AAAAAARGH!!!!
Jun. 2nd, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I've used Thunderbird for 2 years and had been putting up with it as well.

Thank you so much for this article, clearly this is an element of thunderbird whose default behavior should be reversed.
Jun. 7th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
thank you
very big thank you!! I nearly gave up on thunderbird b'cos of this. :))

Jun. 9th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've been searching through the standard options, never thought of looking at the account settings. Thunderbird just became a lot better to work with :)
Jun. 22nd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
saves me pressing ctrl+home all the time
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks - hard to believe they set the defaults exactly the wrong way around!!!!!!
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That was really beginning to irritate me.
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Dude, you have already said "You're welcome", but seriously, thank you. I cannot understand the techy-ness of the decision to default it the way they did, it so dilutes the experience of an otherwise great product.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
Oh dear, respect
Thanks so much. It was really a relief to finally get an answer to one of greatest mystery of TB.

Thansk, really.

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