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By: Webmaster | May 30, 2018

By default, Thunderbird sorts emails in folders with the newest emails at the bottom of the folder. Some users prefer their folders to be sorted so the newest emails are at the top of the folder (thus reversing the sort order of emails). 


  1. To do this, press Alt on your keyboard to reveal the context menu, then go to Tools > Options > click the cog for the Advanced tab > General tab > Config Editor button.
  2. Search for mailnews.default
  3. It will display similar to the following:
    Preference Name Status Type Value 
    mailnews.default_news_sort_order: default integer x 
    mailnews.default_news_sort_type: default integer y 
    mailnews.default_sort_order: default integer x
    mailnews.default_sort_type: default integer y
  4. Change to following settings, to sort descending by date: 
    mailnews.default_news_sort_order 2
    mailnews.default_news_sort_type 22
    mailnews.default_sort_order 2
    mailnews.default_sort_type 18 


For my example in point 3 above, there are more options: 
For the X column: 
1 = Ascending  
2 = Descending
For the Y column:
17 = None
18 = Date
19 = Subject
20 = Author
21 = ID (Order Received)
22 = Thread
23 = Priority
24 = Status
25 = Size
26 = Flagged
27 = Unread
28 = Recipient
29 = Location
30 = Label
31 = Junk Status
32 = Attachments
33 = Account
34 = Custom
35 = Received




  • Tip: The above settings will not change the sort order of a folder you have already entered.

  • If you want to change the sort order for all folders, do a search in Thunderbird's %Appdata% for .msf files and delete all the results. 


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Waleed

Posted on : July 31, 2018

Nice content and full of information.


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