More Thunderbird news: how to set default view.
It is possible, though in an awkward manner.
The trick: use the config editor (Edit > Preferences > Advanced > General), and fix the view according to this comment in Thunderbird’s bugtracker bug about this. I like my mails threaded (in all folders), and sorted with newest on top. You can set this per folder, but I want to do it once and be done with.
To do this:
I want descending (sort_order: 2), date-sorted (sort_type: 18), threaded (view_flags: 1) mails.
So change the relevant mailnews.default_* values to reflect that :)
The comment in full (to safeguard, and in case your settings don’t match mine):
(PS: Note that according to comment 102, further below, the linked comment had _type and _order swapped. That’s changed below.)
Prefs are named as follows; first three apply to Mail and RSS folders, the second three to Newsgroups. mailnews.default_sort_order mailnews.default_sort_type mailnews.default_view_flags mailnews.default_news_sort_order mailnews.default_news_sort_type mailnews.default_news_view_flags In about:config (Tools | Options | Advanced | General, Config Editor), you can enter "news._def" to filter out all the prefs but these. sort_type: byNone 17 byPriority 23 byLocation 29 byDate 18 * byStatus 24 byTags 30 bySubject 19 * bySize 25 byJunkStatus 31 byAuthor 20 * byFlagged 26 byAttachments 32 byId 21 ** byUnread 27 byAccount 33 byThread 22 byRecipient 28 byCustom 34 * = commonly desired values ** = by Order Received (?) sort_order: ascending 1 descending 2 view_flags -- the second group of values can be added to one of the first group to combine effects, with several limitations: Unthreaded 0 Threaded 1 Grouped 64 [mail only (?)] ShowIgnored 8 [news only] ShowUnreadOnly 16 ShowExpanded 32 [doesn't seem to work] ShowUnreadOnly will check the View|Threads|Unread menu; this will cause only unread items to be seen, but doesn't force a threaded view.
Edit: of course, afterwards I find the add-on to do just this :)
Edit 2: Again, no convincing case… not sure if this works …
Edit 3: Nope, it doesn’t work. :(