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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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Jul. 31st, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Ah! THANK YOU. That was driving me NUTS. :D
Aug. 31st, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
exactly what i was looking for. and indeed, was looking for it in general settings, not account settings :)
Sep. 1st, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. It was driving me a bit mental!
Sep. 15th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks I forgot how to change this annoying feature back to 'normal' after re-installing my computer!
Sep. 23rd, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Replying at the top
Thank you for that! Much easier with the reply at the top! :o)
Oct. 10th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
That worked!
Nov. 4th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
just to thank you
I was becoming fool looking for the right parameter in general thunderbird preferences.
Nov. 19th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the tip. Like the other person commenting, I just switched to Thunderbird (window 7 has no email program) and everyone was complaining that I was sending blank replies not seeing the reply at the bottom of the page. Very annoying, and I would have never found it under "account settings".


Ken in AZ
Nov. 26th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)

I have follow same technique which Joe use. I have also decided to use Google for search and got this link first and solve my problem.

Thanks Joe!

Dec. 12th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
I hate the default reply at the end, who scrools down to the bottom of every email to start read? I knew there was a setting but I could not find it so thanks!
Dec. 21st, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
thank you very much, my boss started complaining about my replies being at the bottom of emails!
Dec. 23rd, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
The reply at the bottom 'feature' was driving me Mad! Thanks fot the help!
Dec. 30th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot!

I was searching in the message window options like a maniac and couldn't understand why there wasn't such an option right there...
Jan. 5th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
cursor reply position

Thanks, your a star. Explanation was so easy to follow. Finally don't have to move cursor to header position which was so annoying.


South Africa
Jan. 8th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank You!
Ive been using that Ctrl+r, Ctrl+Home, now im free.

Thanks a lot!
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