I have set up Icedove (Thunderbird) to use my gmail account with IMAP. I would like to have my IMAP folder structure

    - Inbox
    - Drafts
    - Sent
    - Trash

However, the actual folder structure loos like this:

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With Inbox being displayed correctly, but the rest of the folders nested inside subfolder "gmail".

Is it possible to fix this?


I don't think that thunderbird displays it incorrectly.

Gmail uses a special implementation of IMAP. In this implementation, Gmail labels become Thunderbird folders. When you apply a label to a message in Gmail, Thunderbird creates a folder with the same name as the label and stores the message in that folder. Similarly, if you move a message to a folder in Thunderbird, Gmail will create a label with the folder name and assign it to the message.

You can read more here. To achieve order you want there is useful extension Flat Folder Tree.

  • Flat Folder Tree solved the problem. Thanks. – Martin Vegter Mar 7 '15 at 12:27

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