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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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Aug. 20th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
Works with 3.1 too
I've tried this solution with 3.1 and works just fine. I also got tired of doing the ctrl + Home all the time.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
reply position
googled "thunderbird include message in body of reply" and your answer was first and correct....so thanks
Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
This was helpful. Thanks!
Charlie Wilkinson
Sep. 25th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Why? Here's why...
I'm surprised that in three years and 80 posts, no one's answered this. I can't be the only old-timer left!

Ok, everyone comfy?

Once upon an Internet, back before the Eternal September (~1993), it was customary to add new text at the _bottom_ of email replies and Usenet posts. That practice was instinctive to nearly all netizens of that era and "add to bottom" is still in use all over the 'net today -- including blogs and forums like this one. It really was considered a bit rude and pretentious to reply at the top. People would get chastised for breaking this rule -- "What, you think you're too damned important to scroll down??" And it is a little disorienting to have the new stuff at the top (until/unless you get used to it).

So at least some of the folks who come from that era -- me included -- have had to undergo a little "religious conversion" to cope with our email being turned "upside down" -- yet another untoward and unwelcome change inflicted on us by these young scallywags gumming up our Interwebs. (...and get off my lawn!!)

Point being, seems at least one other old-timer is alive and well and working on Thunderbird. :)

Ironically, I'm here for the same reason everyone else is -- Now that I've "converted", I'm getting tired of fighting with Thunderbird's default setting.

Times have changed. :b

Oct. 1st, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
Thanks muchly
Oct. 5th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
thanks from me too. I have to remind myself that the answer to everything is somewhere on google.
Oct. 27th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
You're a legend
very annoying default setting

As you so rightly point out

Computer Stupidity
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Thanks from Spain
I am another one which was with this stupid default setting for 2 weeks. Today I was not lazy, I googled and I found you.
Oct. 28th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
This was driving me mad, thanks!
Oct. 30th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
thanks for your help, i spent 1 hour trying to configure it, but i was thinking according to logic, did not consider "stupidity" of some programs, it is absurd to place this preference to each account!
Nov. 19th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Joe! -- 'Ff'lo
Nov. 21st, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Been annoying me for ages!
Dec. 5th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
cursur position on reply
driving me nuts also - took a shot on google today and here we are - thanks alot
Dec. 22nd, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'll add my thanks to the list. The sad part is that I notice that the initial posts were in 2008. I'm writing this just before Christmas 2010 and Thunderbird still has this ridiculous default. I was in the verge of scrapping it altogether.
Jan. 6th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Another happy chap
I thought it was very strange of thunderbird to do this so first thing i did was google it and your site came up and solved my problem :)
Cheers for taking the time to post this little tip bit saved me searching the settings and gave me time to post a comment on your site
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