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Here's an example of how Thunderbird shortens the names:

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I don't know whether this still works in the current version (don't have a TB installed on this machine), but it used to be that you go into the about:config (Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> General -> Config Editor), then search for the line

mail.server.default.abbreviate 

And change it to false. And you should be good.

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omgoodness!!! You rock! Thank you! :-) – dharmatech Oct 25 '11 at 14:09
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By the way, in my version (7.0.1), I got to the config editor via: Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> General (tab) -> Config Editor... – dharmatech Oct 25 '11 at 14:10

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