When using thread view in Thunderbird, pressing Enter on collapsed thread does not un-collapse the thread as would be logical, but instead opens all emails in that thread in separate windows.

Is there a way to change this unfortunate behavior, and instead un-collapse the thread when I press Enter?

I am using Thunderbird (Icedove) 24.8.1 on Debian.

  • Aside: I assume pressing Space expands/un-collapses the list? If there's not a workaround, remembering the supported shortcut might help avoid pressing the "wrong" one. – Mikel Sep 16 '15 at 9:52
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    I'd rather search at Mozilla Thunderbird support/community support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/get-community-support – Marek Bettman Sep 16 '15 at 10:02
  • I had no luck at the Mozilla Thunderbird support/community so I am coming back here to start a bounty – Martin Vegter Oct 7 '15 at 20:17
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    What DE or WM are using? Would a WM-specific solution be acceptable? – A.P. Oct 10 '15 at 17:45
  • @A.P. - I am not sure how WM-specific solution would work – Martin Vegter Oct 11 '15 at 21:02
  • You may press Right instead of Enter to uncollapse the thread.
  • You may set "operate_on_msgs_in_collapsed_threads" to false in config editor (as indicated in your Mozilla support issue.) so that only the current mail opens on Enter.
  • You may install Dorando Keyconfig extension and setup up a command to archive whole conversation (as not indicated in your Mozilla support issue). Just assign these two commands to a key of your choice.

goDoCommand('cmd_selectThread'); goDoCommand('cmd_archive');

That way, while reading a single mail, you may get rid of the whole thread at once, not delete 70 e-mails individually. (Me, personally, I am very happy with this solution. It allows me not to use the Thunderbird conversation extension that brings some GMail like funcionality to Thunderbird, but brings many integration issues.)

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