I have a dell with windows 7. As soon as I click on an email it opens in the window below. I do not want this to happen, how do I change this? Thanks.


It sounds like you want to hide the message preview pane that takes up the bottom half of the screen by default in Tbird. This would allow you to see a full-screen list of all your emails, but no message content until you actually open an email.

In my Tbird (v 17.0.3), I can turn the message pane off by pressing F8 or going to Options > Layout > Message Pane.

If we have the wrong idea please provide more info.


You can configure Mozilla Thunderbird to start up by displaying a website in the lower-right pane, instead of the content of an email.

Tools --> Options --> General


(edited to correct the URL for my answer)


Go to Tools > Account Settings > Server Settings and uncheck "Check for new messages at startup." That's it.

Frank D

  • I think what he's looking for is a way to shut off the preview feature, this looks more like a way to prevent Thunderbird from actually checking for mail on startup.
    – Taegost
    Jul 11 '13 at 14:15

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