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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!


Jun. 16th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
yay! all* my problems are solved
thanks so much! i, like many people i now see, was having a real issue with that. I'm totally sold on Thunderbird and have been using it for months and have just dealt with manually making it reply at the top... i figured there had to be a way to fix this, with the superiority of it being a Mozilla product, but had never taken the time to work it out myself (or search for it on Google, as i just did).. anyway... thanks!

*all = one problem i had w/Thunderbird anyway... i wish i could say all my problems were now fixed.. heh... then i think i'd owe you more than just a simple thanks though!

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