Is there a way to disable Thunderbird quit when ctrl + W pressed?


The answer is based on @Ynhockey comment:

This could be done using Keyconfig extension.

Once Keyconfig couldn't be installed with standard Extension Manager, follow this instruction:

  • Download and save the extension file to your hard disk.
  • In Mozilla Thunderbird, open Add-ons from the Tools menu.
  • From the options button next to the add-on search field, select "Install Add-on From File..." and select the downloaded add-on.
  • Restart Thunderbird and use the add-on installed to disable any keyboard shortcut you want.
  • An updated version of Keyconfig now exists, called Dorando keyconfig. It can be installed directly from the add-ons manager. – byako Jan 5 '18 at 9:08

You don't have to install addons or change keys.

In Thunderbird config you have something like mail.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab.

Set this to false -> restart TB -> should works ( tested on TB 60.6.0 (32bits), Win 7 )

How to get to this setting area? Here is the doc -> https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/config-editor

This is better idea beacuse CTRL+W will still works for close another tabs


Here the official Thunderbird answer:

Some (but not all) keyboard shortcuts can be customized using an add-on. This can also be useful to disable certain shortcuts, for example to prevent unexpected behavior from single-key shortcuts.

Dorando Keyconfig (an updated version of the original "keyconfig") and Menu Wizard are examples of add-ons that help to customize or disable shortcuts.

(Note that third-party add-ons are not supported or endorsed by Mozilla.)

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