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Whenever I create a new label in my Gmail account, this creates a new IMAP folder. Sadly, that new folder does not show up in Thunderbird unless I restart Thunderbird.

This is not specific to Gmail. When I create a new IMAP folder on my own server, the result is the same.


To clarify. Here is what I'm doing. First, I create a new label in Gmail: enter image description here

But now it won't show up in my Thunderbird folder tree. Even though it knows about the folder and it is subscribed to: enter image description here

When I restart Thunderbird, the folder shows up just fine. I would like it to show up without restarting Thunderbird.

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In version 10.0.2 (current) and most recent versions:

Click on the account line in the folder tree (the line just above the Inbox)

You should get a screen of options, find Manage folder subscriptions and click on it

  1. Click the Refresh button
  2. Close the folder list window
  3. Click the little triangle at the top level of the account in the folder tree to hide the folder list
  4. Click it again to show the folder list

I've just confirmed that this works for me in 10.0.2

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That doesn't do what I want. The new folder appears in the subscription dialog (and is subscribed to). But it won't appear in my folder tree. –  Oliver Salzburg Feb 21 '12 at 14:11
    
Weird. I have Gmail set up in Thunderbird at home, and will check if its working there when I get home, but this definitely works for me with other IMAP providers. –  Randy Orrison Feb 21 '12 at 16:42
    
I have always had this issue, with multiple providers. It's just easiest for me to create new labels in Gmail to reproduce the issue. –  Oliver Salzburg Feb 21 '12 at 16:47
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Didn't work when I tried it, but after collapsing and reopening the folder list in Thunderbird it appeared. I've edited the answer to include those steps. Work for you? –  Randy Orrison Feb 23 '12 at 20:31
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Every time I tried it, I was already subscribed to the new folder. So that wasn't the problem. What actually made the difference was collapsing and expanding the tree. Thanks ;) –  Oliver Salzburg Feb 23 '12 at 20:43
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If you uncheck Tools » Account Settings » Settings » Advanced » Show only subscribed folders, it will display all folders.

That worked for me.

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https://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/thunderbird-and-gmail

I think in that website you can find more useful information about Gmail x Thunderbird. Also, I found out in other forum the following:

Thunderbird refreshes the folder list when it connects to the server, in particular, at startup. You can force a refresh of the folder list any time by collapsing and re-expanding it.

Collapsing and expanding the folder list for the whole account worked for me.

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Yes, that's what I was missing as well. Thanks :) –  Oliver Salzburg Jun 29 '12 at 16:17
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I don't think this is an option, unless an addon provides such functionality.

Normally if you create a new remote folder within Thunderbird it gets automatically subscribed. That means you only have to subscribe a folder if it was created via another client.

The required folders (inbox, whatever folders are specified in tools -> account settings -> copies & folders) seem to be automatically subscribed regardless of how they were created.

You could consider showing all folders, whether subscribed to or not. This will force new folders to appear but the downside is you can't exclude folders you DON'T want to see.

If you uncheck tools -> account settings -> server settings -> advanced -> "show only subscribed folders" it will display all folders.

You'd have to test how quickly new folders appeared, or whether it would require a restart of Thunderbird before new folders are picked up.

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That setting has no effect on the issue. –  Oliver Salzburg Feb 21 '12 at 17:19
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