See, I’m still test-driving Thunderbird as a potential replacement for Outlook. It’s getting the job done, but I occasionally find myself grumbling about settings that should be easy to find–but aren’t.
Just one problem: Nowhere in the account settings or options menus or anywhere else can I find a way to choose which IMAP folders I want to subscribe to.
Sure, Thunderbird pulled in all the basic ones–Inbox, Drafts, Trash, etc.–when I set up the accounts, but there are other folders (i.e. labels, to use Gmail parlance) I want to access.
Turns out the setting is almost hiding in plain sight:
1. In the left-hand column, find the account you want to modify. (In my case, it would be firstname.lastname@example.org.)
2. Right-click that account (i.e. the e-mail address, though you can also right-click the Inbox), then choose Subscribe.
3. Presto! Your complete IMAP folder list. Check the ones you want to subscribe to, and uncheck the ones you don’t want.
4. Click OK and you’re done.
I really shouldn’t complain about Thunderbird’s scattered settings, as Outlook is often much worse. But I do find it irksome that such a basic option can’t be found alongside all the other e-mail account settings.
Agree? Disagree? You know what to do. (Oh, you don’t? Leave a comment, that’s what.)