12 October 2007
Using Thunderbird to read newsgroups          
If you use Thunderbird to read newsgroups, and have previously used Outlook Express, read on....

In Outlook Express, you can control the sort method of every newsgroup by going to View->Sort By. In Thunderbird, the default sort order is controlled per newsgroup. If you don't want to set this for every newsgroup you can change this, but it's sort of hidden.

  • Go to Tools, Options, Advanced button, General tab.

  • Click the Config Editor button.
  • In the Filter field, enter "sort"
  • Find "mailnews.default_news_sort_order" and set the value to 2

  • That changes the default sort order to descending, threaded.

Thunderbird 2.0 also allows you to add custom tags for highlighting filtered messages by color. Unfortunately, it only applies to messages as they arrive and not to message headers already downloaded.

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PermaLink       Posted 10/12/2007 09:16:00 PM     

Comment from: Anonymous Rockmaster
Date: October 22, 2007 at 12:11:00 PM CDT  


Good post. I use Thunderbird to view the Autodesk newsgroups.

If you want to make it easier to sort through all those newsgroup messages to find an answer to your questions, you can "watch" a thread. Just select the message you want to watch and hit "w".

You can also download this add-on that allows you filter your view so only watched threads show up:

*this version doesn't play very well with Thunderbird 2.0 - you'll have to modify the version number in the .rdf file, and the images on the buttons don't show up.


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