Closed Bug 283425 Opened 16 years ago Closed 8 years ago

Add prefs UI for option to disable (don't show) the new-message tray icon


(Thunderbird :: Preferences, enhancement)

Windows XP
Not set


(Not tracked)

Thunderbird 22.0


(Reporter: floeff, Assigned: foss)




(3 files, 1 obsolete file)

User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de-DE; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041108 Firefox/1.0
Build Identifier: Thunderbird 1.0

I would like to see an option to disable the new message tray icon.

Reproducible: Always
I believe there is a bug for this filed against the suite, but I'm not having 
any luck finding it.  Not that I'd dupe this to that one; notification issues 
appear to be product-specific.

This applies to Mac as well as Windows, I guess, but *nix doesn't have a tray.

If this tray icon is suppressed, do you still expect to be able to see the new 
message alert slider/popup?
Summary: option to disable the new message tray icon → option to disable (don't show) the new message tray icon
I can disable the slider (gray box with green or blue border and number of
messages) that shows up with

user_pref("alerts.totalOpenTime", 0);

but I cannot disable the icon in the systray (white envelope with green arrow).
I would like to disable that one as well.
Attached is a screenshot of how this systray icon I want to disable looks like.
Seamonkey bug 133917.
I tried


but it has NO effect in TB 1.0.
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*** Bug 310600 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Ever confirmed: true
Bug 310600 isn't exactly a duplicate but I guess it can be fixed at the same time.

I don't think an extra option should be included in the preferences but I'm of
the opinion that the "Show an alert" option should prevent the systemtray icon
and the popup from appearing. Both are alerts and by disabling the "Show an
alert" option I expect both alerts to stay away.
Some tweakers might prefer to have the option to show just one of both alerts
but I think this won't be the case for the majority of the users. Because of
this I think we shouldn't clutter the UI with yet another option. An extra
option for the tweaker could always be provided in the the about:config way.
Bug 133917 has added the backend support necessary for this feature, on the trunk (targeted for TB 3.0).  Setting this preference to False:
will suppress the icon.  In TB, using a current 3a1 build, you can do this 
using:   Options | Advanced | Config Editor.

This bug is now about adding a checkbox in the Options dialog for the feature, altho that may be WontFix'd.
Summary: option to disable (don't show) the new message tray icon → Add prefs UI for option to disable (don't show) the new-message tray icon
Version: unspecified → Trunk
dup of bug 360030?
(In reply to comment #11)
> dup of bug 360030?

No, that didn't provide a checkbox to en/disable the tray icon.
Can the procedure be re-started for this request?  I still don't like the icon! :)
(In reply to comment #13)
> Can the procedure be re-started for this request?  I still don't like
> the icon!

See comment 10.  That feature was checked in to the trunk as well, so it's available in 2b1; you just have to set the pref via the Config Editor rather than having an explicit checkbox.
Duplicate of this bug: 369892
Duplicate of this bug: 376718
QA Contact: preferences
Are there plans to add that checkbox (in v2b1) to the actual UI or should I create a request for that?
This is actually a request. Further Thunderbird 2 is released and no new features will be implemented, especially none which result in l10 changes. If someone creates a patch it could come with Thunderbird 3.
Assignee: mscott → nobody
Assignee: nobody → leofigueres
Attached patch patch (obsolete) — Splinter Review
Mainly I copied most of the code used in the suite edition of this bug.

I just add a new checkbox to enable or disable the icon on the notification area only on Windows.

Tested on Windows 7.
Attachment #694400 - Flags: review?(bwinton)
Comment on attachment 694400 [details] [diff] [review]

>+++ b/mail/components/preferences/general.xul
>@@ -63,16 +66,21 @@
>+#ifdef XP_WIN
>+      <checkbox id="newMailNotificationTrayIcon" label="&showTrayIcon.label;"
>+              preference="mail.biff.show_tray_icon"
>+              accesskey="&showTrayIcon.accesskey;" />

I think it would be better for addons to always have the checkbox there, but add hidden="true" if we're not on Windows…

Other than that, it seems good to me, so r=me with that fixed.
(And I'm going to go ahead and give it a ui-r=me, while I'm here.  Normally I'm against adding checkboxes for stuff most people won't use, but for some reason I'm feeling generous today…  ;)

Thanks, and I apologize for the length of time it took me to get to this review!

Attachment #694400 - Flags: ui-review+
Attachment #694400 - Flags: review?(bwinton)
Attachment #694400 - Flags: review+
Sorry for the delay. I have been really busy on my everyday job.

Today I am going to make needed change and re-attach it so someone could check-in on the tree.

Thank you for your review, Blake :-)
will show a checkbox to disable the icon for new messages on the notification area on windows.

The UI will be available on all OS but only visible on windows.
Attachment #694400 - Attachment is obsolete: true

Thanks for the patch.
Closed: 8 years ago
Keywords: checkin-needed
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → Thunderbird 22.0
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