Add "folders with new messages" to folder pane views

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Thunderbird
Mail Window Front End
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enhancement
UNCONFIRMED
11 years ago
10 years ago

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(Reporter: Egbert Gerber, Unassigned)

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Description

11 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.3pre) Gecko/20070305 BonEcho/2.0.0.3pre
Build Identifier: Thunderbird 2.0pre (2007030404)

It's often hard to locate new messages that were moved by message filters, especially if the user has a deeply nested folder structure.
Thunderbird's folder pane views should provide a view to show all folders containing new messages. The current unread folders view doesn't help much here.
This could greatly improve usability for users with message filters that auto-move matching messages.

Reproducible: Always

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Comment 1

11 years ago
The most recently used folders view should show you folders with new messages as well.
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Comment 2

11 years ago
(In reply to comment #1)
> The most recently used folders view should show you folders with new messages
> as well.

Agreed, but if you browse your folder structure a lot, this view will show way too many folders to be useful.

Comment 3

11 years ago
It has a limit to the number of folders it will show - 15, I think. I should have made that configurable - maybe for the next release.
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Comment 4

11 years ago
(In reply to comment #3)
> It has a limit to the number of folders it will show - 15, I think. I should
> have made that configurable - maybe for the next release.

My sample scenario:
I browse my folder structure a lot, then minimize TB. New mail notification says "Local Folders has 2 new messages". I restore TB but can't find anything new in my Inbox. I know from the notification popup that the new messages must be hidden somewhere in my (huge) Local Folders subtree structure, moved by some filter.

"Recent Folders" view is limited to show so many folders only, so chances are that my new messages don't show up there. No reason to try this view as I know the list will be filled with my recently browsed folders anyway. Even if there was no limit on the number of folders shown there, the list might end up being not more useful than my second option, the "Unread Folders" view:

The "Unread Folders" view will show me what I need. And many other folders, too, which can become annoying if you have some dozens of folders there, as I do.

A "Folders with new messages" view could ease the process of finding new messages significantly. For me, that is.

Comment 5

11 years ago
Have you tried it, or are you just assuming it won't work for you? Folders with new messages are *always* added to the recent folders view, even if it will take us over the max.
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Comment 6

11 years ago
(In reply to comment #5)
> Have you tried it, or are you just assuming it won't work for you? Folders with
> new messages are *always* added to the recent folders view, even if it will
> take us over the max.

Ok, not sure if I tried it, probably not. The view's name seemed to descriptive to inspire confidence ;-)
But now that I know I won't be missing any of my new messages when using this view, I could of course live without a "Folders with new messages" view.
Especially if there was a hidden pref to set the number of folders shown in the "Recent Folders" view to zero; this would give me exactly what I need :-)

Comment 7

11 years ago
As an alternative: I started to use the Nostalgy extension to move mails to folders, so I first have everything in my Inbox and distribute it from there with only a single key pressed. Extremely cool and for me much more efficient than switching folders all the time just to see new mails.

Comment 8

11 years ago
I read the description of Nostalgy but, not being a programmer, did not understand the terminology.  The comments indicate problems with TB 2 which I use, which add to my uncertainty.

In any event, moving read (for instance) messages from the Inbox (for instance) to their destination folder requires that I first display the contents of Inbox, next navigate the slider to the destination folder and make the move.  Then, if I want to move other messages from the Inbox to another destination folder, the process must be repeated.  As the line from Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison" goes,  "... and time keeps draggin' on ..."

Eudora had/has the ability to quickly move to a folder's vicinity by typing the first letter.  That would be nice in TB, too.  Eudora also has Excel-like tabs which allow quick navigation between folders without slider-browsing the tree.  Something like that would be really nice, too.

Comment 9

11 years ago
Nostalgy works really fine with TB 2, don't worry. In my Inbox, I press "s" for save/move and then start typing the name of the destination folder until I find the right one in the popup menu that appears. In the best case, I need two key presses to get to the right one (or less, if it's in the recent history).

Updated

10 years ago
Assignee: mscott → nobody
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