Note: There are a few cases of duplicates in user autocompletion which are being worked on.

If Thunderbird is the default client for e-mail, newsgroups and feeds, the dialog only shows that Thunderbird is the default client for e-mail

RESOLVED FIXED in Thunderbird 18.0


7 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: Chas Belov, Assigned: aceman)


Thunderbird 18.0
Bug Flags:
in-testsuite -

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)



(1 attachment)



7 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100824 Firefox/3.6.9
Build Identifier: Thunderbird/3.1.3

If I go to Thunderbird > Preferences > Advanced > General, and click Check Now:

If Thunderbird is the default client for e-mail, newsgroups and feeds:

Actual behavior: I get a message that Thunderbird is the default client for e-mail.

Expected behavior: I get the dialog that shows that Thunderbird is the default client for e-mail, newsgroups and feeds.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. (Mac OS X) Thunderbird > Preferences > Advanced > General
2. Click Check Now.
3. If you get a dialog that shows one or more  unchecked, clickable checkboxes for e-mail, newsgroups or feeds, check those boxes and click OK; otherwise, skip to results.
4. Click Check Now.
Actual Results:  
Get the message Thunderbird is already set as your default e-mail client.

Expected Results:  
(given Thunderbird 3.1.3): Get the dialog with the three check boxes for e-mail, newsgroups and feeds.


7 years ago
See Also: → bug 360809
Version: unspecified → 3.1

Comment 1

5 years ago
Confirming on Linux also.

When Thunderbird is instructed to become the default application to manage e-mail, newsgroups and RSS feeds, when retrying to check that, an alert is shown that shows that thunderbird is the default "email client".

I flag it as "minor" because there is more code needed to improve the string. There could be some kind of UI change also, something like showing just a tick near the "Check now" button.
Severity: normal → minor
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Mac OS X → All
Hardware: x86 → All

Comment 2

5 years ago
OK, this should be easy.
It only needs a decision:

1. The string shown is defined here:, it only mentions "mail" but is really shown only when TB is set for all of mail,news and rss. Should the string be updated?

2. OR, drop the redundant string and just show the integration dialog where the user will see that all of mail, news and rss is checked. This is more future-proof I think.
Assignee: nobody → acelists
Keywords: uiwanted
I like the future-proof-ness of #2, can you whip up a patch, or a mockup, so that I can see how it'll look?  (And mark it "f? :bwinton"…)

Comment 4

5 years ago
#2 is even better in case unsetting the default client gets implemented in the far future (bug 254262), then showing the integration dialog will become necessary.

Comment 5

5 years ago
Created attachment 665560 [details] [diff] [review]

This is variant 2.
Attachment #665560 - Flags: ui-review?(bwinton)


5 years ago
Comment on attachment 665560 [details] [diff] [review]

Yeah, I think this is better.  ui-r=me.

(My only final request would be some way to let the user know why the checkboxes are disabled, perhaps a tooltip, or a popup on click, or something…)

Attachment #665560 - Flags: ui-review?(bwinton) → ui-review+

Comment 7

5 years ago
Bwinton, the "WHY" is bug 360809 and I don't think you accepted any of those options yet ;)


5 years ago
Attachment #665560 - Flags: review?(mconley)
aceman: Fixed.  ;)
Comment on attachment 665560 [details] [diff] [review]

Review of attachment 665560 [details] [diff] [review]:

Looks good! Thanks aceman!
Attachment #665560 - Flags: review?(mconley) → review+


5 years ago
Keywords: uiwanted → checkin-needed
Last Resolved: 5 years ago
Flags: in-testsuite-
Keywords: checkin-needed
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → Thunderbird 18.0


5 years ago
Blocks: 804001
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