If you have more email accounts in Thunderbird, the accounts are shown in the order of creation.

Now I added a new account and it is shown at the bottom of the list.

How do I change the order of my accounts, so I can set the new account at the top of the list?

3 Answers 3


You can use add-on Manually sort folders 1.1.

EDIT: Now the link is: Manually sort folders 2.1.1 (TB ver 68+).

2nd EDIT: Since few last versions of TB, currently 91.5.0, you can order account in Account Settings by dragging the account you wish to move.

  • Thanks, you have to restart Thunderbird after sorting again, but that works fine
    – rubo77
    Jun 5, 2014 at 23:48
  • @T.Todua: which version of Thunderbird did you test? I'm running version 68.10 and added the add-on via Tools - Add-ons - Search for "sort folders" and installed "Manually sort folders" to Thunderbird. After install I selected Tools - Manually sort folders and followed to UI. Oct 9, 2020 at 10:02
  • Thunderbird 78.10.0 (64-bit) definitely use Add-On Manager, via the Tools Menu Apr 30, 2021 at 17:22
  • For today the current version is 2.0.6.
    – pbies
    May 6, 2021 at 16:09

To do this without a plugin:

  1. Close Thunderbird
  2. Backup your profile directory (and most especially prefs.js)
  3. Using the built-in config editor (or editing prefs.js directly), find the mail.accountmanager.accounts preference, and change the sequence of the comma-separated account references in it.
  4. Find mail.accountmanager.defaultaccount and change it, if necessary, to be equal to the account you want to come first.

For example, if the value of accounts is account4,account5,account12, reflecting a well-worn profile, and you want the third account to be first, change it to account12,account4,account5. Then change defaultaccount from account4 to account12.

If you aren't sure which account is which, figure out which server configuration is right by looking for mail.server.serverN.name, mail.server.serverN.realhostname, and/or mail.server.serverN.userName (where N are different numbers), and then find mail.account.accountM.server set to the correct serverN.

Inspiration for this answer came from Thunderbird/Change account order

  • 2
    It's the best answer since the add-on mentioned above is not compatible with the last version of Thunderbird. It's also possible to do this via the Configuration editor as described there: ghacks.net/2015/06/16/…
    – laurent
    Apr 26, 2017 at 17:25
  • 2
    This seems to not work anymore. Nothing happens when you edit this setting.
    – phil294
    Jul 28, 2019 at 10:51
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    Can confirm this works with TB 68. @phil294, make sure you're doing the mapping between server and account numbers, and using account numbers for the mail.accountmanager.accounts pref.
    – Greg Bell
    Mar 25, 2020 at 1:42
  • @phil294 : you need to do it while Thunderbird is not running. Otherwise, it will overwrite your changes to prefs.js when exiting.
    – mivk
    Feb 5, 2022 at 21:49

Since Thunderbird 91, there is an even simpler way without addons and hacks:

  1. Right-click any account and select 'Settings' from context menu
  2. Drag&drop accounts in the list to the left
  3. Done!
  • How exactly this does not work for you? Which step fails and how?
    – Codeguard
    Oct 26, 2021 at 12:56
  • Right, this seems to be a feature of Thunderbird 91. I have updated the answer.
    – Codeguard
    Oct 28, 2021 at 14:02
  • It seems to be possible to install directly from thunderbird.net instead of using a slightly outdated Ubuntu package.
    – Codeguard
    Oct 28, 2021 at 14:04

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