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* <s>The [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/select-inbox/ Select Inbox] add-on specifies the startup folder.</s> * <s>The [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/select-inbox/ Select Inbox] add-on specifies the startup folder.</s>
-* The [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/manually-sort-folders/ Manually Sort Folders] add-on lets you customize the folder pane. Accounts can be rearranged and the startup folder chosen. It replaces the [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/folderpane-tools/ Folderpane Tools] add-on which is no longer maintained, and apparently doesn't support version 38.1.0 or later.+* The [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/manually-sort-folders/ Manually Sort Folders] add-on lets you customize the folder pane. Accounts can be rearranged and the startup folder chosen. It replaces the [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/folderpane-tools/ Folderpane Tools] add-on which is no longer maintained, and apparently doesn't support version 38.1.0 or later. If that version doesn't work, try the version at https://github.com/Ximi1970/Manually-Sort-Folders/releases.
If neither add-on works around the problem it might be because you changed '''mail.server.login.at.startup''' , which defaults to true. [http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=14722692#p14722692] If neither add-on works around the problem it might be because you changed '''mail.server.login.at.startup''' , which defaults to true. [http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=14722692#p14722692]

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Usually if you go to "Tools -> Account Settings -> Server Settings" and check the box that says "Check for new messages at startup" Thunderbird will start in the Inbox folder. If you have more than one account, Thunderbird will start in the Inbox of your default account, which is the account displayed at the top of the folders pane. To make another account into your default account, go to "Tools -> Account Settings", select the account you want to make the default, and click the "Set as Default" button.

However, that doesn't always work in recent versions. There are a couple of add-ons you can use as workarounds.

If neither add-on works around the problem it might be because you changed mail.server.login.at.startup , which defaults to true. [1]

Opening some other folder

You can also specify any folder as the startup folder (doesn't have to be an inbox) by changing the command used to start Thunderbird. For example, the command might be in the properties of an icon on your desktop. At the end of the command, add -mail followed by the URI of the folder that you want to open.

For example, here is a command that starts Thunderbird on Windows, opening a Templates folder:

"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe" -mail mailbox://someone@pop.example.net/Templates

You can use this method to make a collection of icons that directly open various folders.

See also