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Making moves
Status: In development

Thunderbird can move folders to different hierarchies using drag and drop. However, it is not possible to move them within the same hierarchy, i.e. reorder them.

The "Manually sort folders" add-on had helped to sort folders, but with Thunderbird 115 (Supernova), it is no longer available. It is time to make it a proper feature.

I was involved in the development of the add-on to make it Thunderbird 78 compatible and later as a collaborator. So, as an option, I have considered developing another add-on for Thunderbird 115. This may not be impossible. (John is providing a POC.) But I would like to consider implementing the ability to sort folders properly in Thunderbird.

My current thinking and the work required has been described here.

1846550 - add ability to manually sort (order) folders in folder pane (

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I agree I need this sorting folders feature, I use it all the time for work!!
I just contributed financially only to discover afterwards that it had gone 😞

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Yes, I really want to change the order of folders. I use folders to organize my projects and they change in priority over time. I'd like to be able to move them about depending on time and project emphasis.

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Having more than 4 email accounts in private use - This Feature is really Needed! Been using the plug-ins for all these years and it's about time for Mozilla to implement this!

Making moves

Progress in implementing core functionality for manually sorting folders in Thunderbird

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Thanks A LOT for all this work!!! 😍

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Thank You So Very Much.
Strollin' around

everyone would profit from this feature. But hey, be realistic. How many years they took to implement the taskbar icon on Windows? Maybe more than 20 years. The problem is seriously in the head office, this person should really get a kick in the .....

Strollin' around

Itagaki,  Thank you for your time and effort.  Best, Jim

Making moves

I have a huge inflow of messages, some of which need to be filtered immediately and prioritized for reply.  I also have a large archive, tens of thousands of emails, for which a search allows retrieval, but classification into the appropriate mailbox makes it much easier to see the context of the subject. 

Sorting mailboxes is the only way that I can make sense of my mailbox hierarchy.  I hope you implement this because otherwise something ugly with putting !'s and numbers in front of the box names will be necessary. thanks.

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Thunderbird Team
Thunderbird Team

This is currently in development, to be available in a future release.   (But not in version 115)

Thanks for all the votes.