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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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Jan. 29th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Once again a helpful post!! Thank you!
Yup. I thought I was going to have to bail on Thunderbird. I'm so tired of MSquash that I would go whole-hog into open source but for the idiocy as shown by the default of an otherwise fantastic product being in the exact reverse of the entire universe of other mainstream messaging clients. What in the world are the Mozilla folks thinking with this oversight?

Anyway, with Google and fabulous users like "Joe", the open source experience is reasonable. But I've been on computers for 25 years so I've come to expect some tweaking. However, the majority of new users will not excuse anything that doesn't operate flawlessly out of the box. Chalk that up to 30 years of PC schooling (politically correct, union approved) that is.

Thanks again JOE!
Jan. 29th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Thank you!
That helped a great deal, thanks.
Jan. 31st, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Just another thank you
Heaven only knows why succesive versions of TB have this. Though I suspect there is a bunch of email purists that think messages should be managed like bulletin boards.
Feb. 1st, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
You are Google hit #1 for "Thunderbird reply position" (sans quotes). And yea verily, your solution works. Thanks for helping my out!

Feb. 10th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Very much appreciated, I struggled every week for about 10 minutes to find that setting, thanks again!!
Feb. 25th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
I perservere until it drives me bonkers then i search for help from people like you ...an easy solution to an annoying little problem... thanks again
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!
Thanks - this makes my life much easier :D
Mar. 2nd, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
ha ha! thank god you posted this it was driving me nuts! Thanks!
Mar. 6th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
This worked fine. I put up with it too long also.
Mar. 26th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
thanks. That's what I want to find.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
Default message replies to top
Yippee! That had been frustrating me since migrating to mozilla a month back! Much appreciated.
Apr. 24th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
Thank you - this has been driving me nuts
I made a stupid mistake with this email order as a friend uses Thunderbird too and I missed her reply. Has caused me problems. Grateful for the quick fix!
Jun. 12th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you - this has been driving me nuts
It was driving me nuts.... THANK YOU
Jun. 13th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
You saved my time
Thanks my friend!
Jun. 14th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Good work...
There's probably some nerd sat somewhere thinking that commenting at the bottom of the previous email is the correct way of doing things... in the real world however I am very grateful that you have figured this out as it was doing my head in!!!
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
Thanks mate for the fix its stopped the wife moaning!
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