I have noticed a bit of an anoying behavior with Mozilla. Can we have a way that would limit Mail & News to 1 window? Say you have a Mail & News window open.. then minimize it (to do other work). Then click on the Mail icon again... a second Mail & News window opens. Can we have it limit to one. "mozilla.exe" -mail when a window is already open (minimized or not) should maximize the window if minimized, or just bring it to the front. And perhaps have a "New Mail and News" option in the File -> New menu if it's really necessary. This would be really helpful for those with "hot keys" to open commonly used internet applications (such as the thinkpads, and popular keyboards). I love the "mail" button on the thinkpad... but with Mozilla's Mail & News, I have to remember to look before I press it or I get multiple windows (why waste right?)
I do not want the suggested feature!
With windows XP grouping windows in the task bar (so that you can't easily see what's already open) it's quite easy to get 3 or 4 mail windows open.... that has to take a hit on performance, and RAM. On older systems, this is a real waste.
Robert Accettura: To flesh out what I get from your report, you are looking for a command-line switch such as mozilla -mail -reusewindow (for example) What you want could also be achieved via a preference. Mozilla does make one concession to the single-window model: clicking the mail icon in the Component bar (bottom-left of any Mozilla window) will not create more than one Messenger window. (Compare this to clicking the browser icon, which will create a second browser window if clicked from a browser window.) There are a couple of vaguely related bugs: bug 196760 -- asks for a single top-level window with tabs bug 129574 -- complains that clicking a news:// URL opens a new window unnecessarily. However, most bugs I can find related to the number of mail/news windows seem to assume that multiple windows are the right way to go. There certainly are cases where having multiple windows can be useful: wanting to check mail without losing your place in a newsgroup, for instance.
Severity: normal → enhancement
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows XP → All
Summary: One window limit → One-window limit for Messenger (mail/news): preference or command-line switch
Mike's "concession" does not work as described for me (Win2k, WinXP and v1.4rc1). I don't know if the correct approach should be a "-reusewindow" or "-newwindow" command line option (ie. which default to opt for), but I am also of the opinion that opening an *additional* window should be a deliberate *extra* function, not the standard (eg. pressing a "dedicated function button" on smartypants keyboards should restore any minimized version of existing app instances).
*** Bug 216712 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 128257 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
This would be nice to get into Thunderbird before 1.0 as it makes the browser look much nicer. Especially with the superfunctional 3-payne layout. Having multi-windows looks silly. 1 is all that's needed. If functionality is missing, it should be adjusted in the UI. It would go very well with the slim, sleek, user friendly UI that it's going for.
I can't use the quick launch (hot key) feature of my Kensington Expert Mouse to get my mail becase I don't want a new instance every time I check my mail. Why is there ANY debate about this. Give users a CHOICE! Give them a simple button that allows them to tell mozilla to activate the existing mail instance when running mozilla with the -mail parameter. If you leave the default at the current behvavior, I don't see how it hurts anyone.
(In reply to comment #8) > I can't use the quick launch (hot key) feature of my Kensington Expert Mouse to > get my mail becase I don't want a new instance every time I check my mail. > Why is there ANY debate about this. Give users a CHOICE! Give them a simple > button that allows them to tell mozilla to activate the existing mail instance > when running mozilla with the -mail parameter. If you leave the default at the > current behvavior, I don't see how it hurts anyone.
Assignee: mail → nobody
QA Contact: olgam → message-display
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