One-window limit for Messenger (mail/news): preference or command-line switch

NEW
Unassigned

Status

SeaMonkey
MailNews: Message Display
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enhancement
16 years ago
9 years ago

People

(Reporter: raccettura, Unassigned)

Tracking

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(Not tracked)

Details

(Reporter)

Description

16 years ago
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?)

Comment 1

16 years ago
I do not want the suggested feature!
(Reporter)

Comment 2

16 years ago
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.

Comment 3

15 years ago
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

Comment 4

15 years ago
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. ***
(Reporter)

Comment 7

15 years ago
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.

Comment 8

14 years ago
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.
Product: Browser → Seamonkey

Comment 9

13 years ago
(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.

Updated

13 years ago
Assignee: sspitzer → mail
Assignee: mail → nobody
QA Contact: olgam → message-display
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