Mozilla Thunderbird is my desktop email client of choice. It has been my primary go-to program for all things email for years and even though it is not very high up on Mozilla's priority list anymore, it is an excellent program for that.
When Mozilla developed Firefox and Thunderbird in sync, some features of Firefox found its way in to Thunderbird as well. This includes tabbed browsing among others.
Tabbed browsing enables you to open multiple emails in Thunderbird in tabs so that you can switch between them. I won't deny that this can be useful to some users, as you can open emails from different folders for instance and have access to them at the same time.
I always found the tabbed browsing feature not convincing enough though. In addition to that, I did encounter situations where Thunderbird would not restore the tabs on start which meant that I had to open all emails again to regain access to them.
If you don't like tabs or don't use them, you can turn the feature off easily in the email client.
Here is what you need to do to disable tabs in the email client:
The difference between the two options is the following one: if you select a new message window, Thunderbird will spawn a new window whenever you double-click on an email. If you select an existing message window instead, it will limit messages to a single window.
If you disable tabs in Thunderbird, a single tab is still displayed in the interface taking up space.
This can be changed as well to free up room in the interface:
Doing so hides the remaining tab in the Thunderbird interface moving all other interface elements up in the process.
Now You: Do you work with tabs in Thunderbird?
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