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How To Make Thunderbird Show Email Replies Like Gmail

Thunderbird is the flagship Ubuntu email client and the free/libre open source software one for all major operating systems. by default, Thunderbird does not show sender replies and you might not like it. If you prefer Gmail-like ways to view replies including yours in every mail conversation, you can use the add-on Conversations. We will show how below.


1. Run Thunderbird

This should open your emails. If you find it blank, please first setup your email account with Thunderbird.

2. Open Add-on Page

Go to menu (three lines button) -> Add-ons and Themes -> type the name of the add-on “conversations” -> press Enter -> found Thunderbird Conversations.


3. Install Conversations Add-on

Click Install -> click OK -> add-on installed.  

4. Restart Thunderbird

Close Thunderbird and open it again. 

5. All Own Replies Now Visible

Now, Thunderbird shows your own replies in every mail conversation in manners similar to Gmail web. It includes reply buttons (on bottom of every conversation) as well as hovering tooltips (on every user account) you might have been familiar with for years.


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