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Thunderbird’s carousel feature with an emphasis on Favorite Folders

Have you ever noticed that set of arrows, < >, above your folder pane to the right of the “All Folders” text in Thunderbird?  Even if you have, did you know that it’s more than ‘just show’?   Serially clicking on an arrow gives you a carousel of options:

  • All Folders SmCarrousel
  • Recent Folders
  • Favorite Folders
  • Unread Folders

“Favorite Folders” can be a real time saver especially if you have more than one screen’s length of folders to regularly navigate and some of your favs are near the bottom.

Viewing “Favorite” Folders:
In order to view your Favorite Folders, you must first designate them.  To designate a Favorite Folder, right click on a folder of interest and select “Favorite Folder”.  (This doesn’t move the folder, it just adds it to a “virtual list” so to speak).  Now, click a “carousel arrow” until you get to the Favorite Folders zone.  Voila!

Removing a “Favorite” Folder from the list:
The easiest way to remove a favorite folder is to be in the Favorite Folders zone.  Then, right click the folder that’s gotta go and select “Favorite Folder”.  The folder entry won’t “disappear’ from the list until you leave and return to Favorite Folders.

Cautionary notes:

  1. If you’re in the habit of using nested folders, creating a Favorite folder will only make the selected folder a “Favorite”.  Subfolders will not appear in “Favorites” unless you specifically make them Favorites too.  
  2. Even if you do make subfolders Favorites as well, please be aware that the nested relationship is lost when in Favorite view.
  3. Remember to move the carousel back to “All Folders” view once you’re done working in the “Favorite Folders” zone.TBa


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I know favoriting a folder can help some people focus on only one folder for a while, however I don't know why someone would want to do that.

Very odd. But I guess it's good for people who can think of a reason for using it.


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