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I have 3 email accounts I use in Thunderbird, however I only use one of them on a regular basis.

Is it possible to selectively load accounts in Thunderbird to save memory?

Here is the functionality that I'm looking for:

  • I want my main account to update as normal
  • I want my other accounts to load all messages and update (download mail) only when I manually request it to

Is there a way to accomplish this?

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closed as not constructive by leeand00, Canadian Luke, KronoS, 8088, Diogo Jul 20 '12 at 14:10

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Do you mean when you start thunderbird you want it to only show you one account? – Nima Jun 22 '12 at 13:11
@Nima I mean that I don't want to load up all the messages from all the accounts all of the time. (well that was a crap sentence). I want to load them selectively as needed. – leeand00 Jun 22 '12 at 13:23
After reading this reply 3 times I guess my answer to this question is irrelevant. – Nima Jun 22 '12 at 13:27
Yeah I'll close it. Thank you for taking a shot at it. :) – leeand00 Jun 22 '12 at 13:29
@KronoS, your edits make the question completely different than what the subject suggests. – psusi Jul 19 '12 at 19:06

You can disable "check inbox on startup" and do it manually for the disabled accounts by choosing them and pressing "Get Mail". I doubt it would have a considerable impact on RAM usage though.

To disable the mail check on startup:

  1. right click on the account
  2. Select Settings
  3. Choose Server Settings
  4. Disable the option Check for new messages on startup

Doing this will tell thunderbird to ignore the disabled email accounts unless you want it to check them.

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