Make Thunderbird comfortable.
Why use Thunderbird? So that whenever you need a 4 yr old email with that certificate you have no physical copy of it, but you don't know the name of the mail, sender, or anything. Searching with Google takes too much time. Besides, it is always a good idea to keep a backup of your mail.
Install Following Extensions
Set sort order for Mail default to Latest on top
Open the Config Editor from the following menu options:
Preferences > General > Config Editor(at the bottom)
mailnews.default in the Filter, bar to bring up a small list of preferences to configure. It will display similar to below:
Preference Name Status Type Value mailnews.default_news_sort_order: default integer x mailnews.default_news_sort_type: default integer y mailnews.default_sort_order: default integer x mailnews.default_sort_type: default integer y
In the above, replace the
y of the value by double-clicking the name of the preference and replacing it with one of the following values as required:
1 = Ascending 2 = Descending
17 = None 18 = Date 19 = Subject 20 = Author 21 = ID (Order Received) 22 = Thread 23 = Priority 24 = Status 25 = Size 26 = Flagged 27 = Unread 28 = Recipient 29 = Location 30 = Label 31 = Junk Status 32 = Attachments 33 = Account 34 = Custom 35 = Received
To sort all mail by Date, Descending (newest at top), the preferences in the config editor will look like this:
mailnews.default_sort_order: default integer 2 mailnews.default_sort_type: default integer 18
Check this superuser thread for more detail on how to do this.
Set Max Server connections to 1
This is needed when using Gmail. If not set, then the google authentication fails if you have more than 1 operation running in the background. Go to
Account Settings >
Server Settings >
Maximum number of server connections to cache to 1 instead of 5 which is the default.