I have to admit I found this feature by accident (I hit ‘g’) – but I’m glad I did. If you open View -> Sort by and select Date, Ascending and Grouped by Sort Thunderbird groups your mails into Today, Yesterday, Last Week, Two Weeks Ago and Old Mail and allows you to minimize different groups of mails with a click.

The image on the right shows this view used on my Spam Folder.

At least in Thunderbird 1.5 this feature is also available if you use sort by sender and groups all mail from one sender.

7 Responses to “Thunderbird ‘Group by Date’ and ‘Group by Sender’ Feature”

  1. 1

    Nice one. Thx.

    Sonja (January 4th, 2006 at 13:59)
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    Super, just wat I was looking for!!

    Peter (October 1st, 2008 at 21:14)
  3. 3

    Exactly what i needed.. this feature is in outlook and im making the unpainful switch… this was one of the few things i liked in outlook.

    philosomthing (October 13th, 2009 at 05:58)
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    Also did this by accident but couldn’t work out what i’d presses, cheers

    anon262 (May 23rd, 2010 at 21:32)
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    Excellent, been searching for this solution for weeks. Many thanks.

    Carl Birchenough (September 29th, 2010 at 10:23)
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    Tried it and it’s still not comparable to Outlooks grouping :(

    Mrs Ifu (June 16th, 2011 at 20:15)
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    Jerry Yang (May 8th, 2012 at 06:12)

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