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Status: In development
I have a suggestion for Thunderbird. It would be nice to have Thunderbird allow a new Compose Message window to show up in a Thunderbird tab instead of a free floating window as it does now. I would make this a user configurable item in perhaps Preferences, where the user can select whether he/she wants to have each new Compose Message window be a free floating window or a Thunderbird tab. Thanks for considering this.
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@wsmwk just wanted to check if there already was a (new) plan when this feature would be made available.

Thunderbird Team
Thunderbird Team

> I see there was a previous request for this, and you (collective) responded that it was in the works. Now it looks as if it's been dropped. So very disappointing. ps. I've been using Thunderbird and Mozilla products since their first inception in the way way back.

I think you misunderstand.  It is not "dropped" - it is still a feature we plan to deliver.  What I wrote is "This is no longer in the plan for the next release, version 115 in July.  It will be discussed for future releases, but there is not yet a plan [decided for what happens after July]."  

> @wsmwk just wanted to check if there already was a (new) plan when this feature would be made available.

The plan for the coming year will be decided in the next few months.


> i get the feeling the thunderbird team doesn't use thunderbird as an email client

Quite the opposite.  For a dose of realiity, I run 2 instances of Thunderbird continuously on three different computers, for a total of 6.  Other members of the team also run it on multiple computers, or multiple instances on a single computer.

We live with the same issues you do.

Thunderbird Team
Thunderbird Team

> The plan for the coming year will be decided in the next few months.

I should have included in that statement, that the near term plan for the immediate weeks ahead is to focus on fixing issues remaining from changes to verision 115, and other high priority "bugs" which don't involve enhancements.

Strollin' around

I apologize if this only adds clutter to the discussion, but I was looking for more information on this and thought folks might be interested in the 2024 roadmap. It... doesn't actually exist yet, but I trust it will soon enough. Since they already plan to add this feature, hopefully we'll see it there (unless it arrives sooner? Unlikely, but one can dream).

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PLEASE put it high on the next version's priority list!
With all the beautiful finetuning options it's rather suprising that such a basic thing is not included ...

Making moves

I like the idea that it is at least being seriously considered now.  Instead of the disastrous 115 changes, the focus should have been on the tab feature in the first place.  It always seems as if it is two steps forward and one step back.

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This feature has yet to be implemented. I hope to see this in the near future as Thunderbird already has tabs and in my opinion, should be able to be used in a single window at all times if desired.