Thunderbird Unread Message Count
fix at your own risk.
I am not responsible for lost data if these instructions do
work, or make things worse!
Background: I have encountered quite a few
instances where the
unread count for a folder in Thunderbird was radically
Sometimes clicking on the folder would make it better, sometimes
worse. When manually counting the unread messages they were
less than the number displayed in Thunderbird.
These instructions are based on Thiunderbird v.1.5 on
you are using an older version I recommend that you upgrade.
Short instructions: The key is to delete the .msf files from
Thunderbird folder (they will be recreated) and then enable folder
- Close Thunderbird
- Click on
Start > Run
- Type “cmd” and then click run
(It will open a new screen and you are probably already at: C:\Documents and Settings\loginID
- Go to: "C:\Documents
Typing this exact command should get you to the Thunderbird folder (on
\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Thunderbird”
- Run “del
/s *.msf” (Be
careful! Running a delete command can result in significant data loss.
Only delete the .MSF files)
- Go to the File Menu > Offline
> Offline settings
- Put a check on the box
“Compact folders when it will save
over” The default (as I recall) is 100KB which is
fine. For convenience I tend to bump mine to 1000.
© Erik Smith 2006
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