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how can I remove the folders draft, trash, outbox, sent from Local Folders?

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These folders are a nuisance because they are not needed and they take space from the list so I have to move it up and down frequently. After installing a second identity, they even appeared twice in the list! Since the second identity could not reach the provider any more after some time (I tested the second identity on another computer where it worked but of course the unwanted directories were there as well, at least not in duplicate) I removed the second identity, the account is gone but the duplicates are still there. I succeeded to find the deeply hidden files on the C drive under "roaming" etc,, that was not self-evident. I found out how I can move folders containing mails from the Local Folders to Thunderbird on another computer. This will be useful as a backup. However, when I delete the unwanted folders mentioned in my question, they always come back after I start Thunderbird again. I searched the knowledge base repeatedly and found it somewhat confusing. In one window I found my question in a series of questions by one user, but I could not get at the answers (a number of answers was indicated, but I could not find a link to the answers). At age 82 I still find my way around in the computer, but I realise that I may not be competitive with the younger generation. Generally I find that Thunderbird works fine for me after many years of use, anyway I find it much better than Outlook.

These folders are a nuisance because they are not needed and they take space from the list so I have to move it up and down frequently. After installing a second identity, they even appeared twice in the list! Since the second identity could not reach the provider any more after some time (I tested the second identity on another computer where it worked but of course the unwanted directories were there as well, at least not in duplicate) I removed the second identity, the account is gone but the duplicates are still there. I succeeded to find the deeply hidden files on the C drive under "roaming" etc,, that was not self-evident. I found out how I can move folders containing mails from the Local Folders to Thunderbird on another computer. This will be useful as a backup. However, when I delete the unwanted folders mentioned in my question, they always come back after I start Thunderbird again. I searched the knowledge base repeatedly and found it somewhat confusing. In one window I found my question in a series of questions by one user, but I could not get at the answers (a number of answers was indicated, but I could not find a link to the answers). At age 82 I still find my way around in the computer, but I realise that I may not be competitive with the younger generation. Generally I find that Thunderbird works fine for me after many years of use, anyway I find it much better than Outlook.

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Local folders is a special account; they are default folders and cannot be deleted. The 'Outbox' in Local Folders is used by all mail accounts.

If you are seeing more than one Local Folder, Outbox etc, are you using smart folders view?

check you are using this view:

  • View > Folders > All

Regarding wanting to 'hide' the Local Folders, try this addon:

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Local folders is a special account; they are default folders and cannot be deleted. The 'Outbox' in Local Folders is used by all mail accounts.

If you are seeing more than one Local Folder, Outbox etc, are you using smart folders view?

check you are using this view:

  • View > Folders > All

Regarding wanting to 'hide' the Local Folders, try this addon:

Local folders is a special account; they are default folders and cannot be deleted. The 'Outbox' in Local Folders is used by all mail accounts. If you are seeing more than one Local Folder, Outbox etc, are you using smart folders view? check you are using this view: * View > Folders > All Regarding wanting to 'hide' the Local Folders, try this addon: * https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/hide-local-folders/

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Thank you for the prompt response! The problem was solved to my satisfaction by changing to View>Folders>Unified. Now the list is not cluttered any more although some folders of the removed identity are still there. I must confess that I was not aware of this setting.

   May I report another experience with Thunderbird?  At one time, it seemed to be so screwed up (probably my fault) that I uninstalled it.  After a new installation everything was screwed as before; then I discovered that the hidden directories had not been removed.  In order to start from scratch with a new installation, I had to remove manually all the different directories related to Thunderbird.
Thank you for the prompt response! The problem was solved to my satisfaction by changing to View>Folders>Unified. Now the list is not cluttered any more although some folders of the removed identity are still there. I must confess that I was not aware of this setting. May I report another experience with Thunderbird? At one time, it seemed to be so screwed up (probably my fault) that I uninstalled it. After a new installation everything was screwed as before; then I discovered that the hidden directories had not been removed. In order to start from scratch with a new installation, I had to remove manually all the different directories related to Thunderbird.
Toad-Hall
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1379 solutions 9031 answers

re: I discovered that the hidden directories had not been removed

That's because the Thunderbird Program is not the same as saved, downloaded and received email documemts held in your Thunderbird Profile Folder with all the mail account details and address books etc.

This is why it is possible to update the Thunderbird Program without having to backup and reinstall all your Profile folder emails each time.

Good to hear that you had located a view to suit your purposes.

re: ''I discovered that the hidden directories had not been removed'' That's because the Thunderbird Program is not the same as saved, downloaded and received email documemts held in your Thunderbird Profile Folder with all the mail account details and address books etc. This is why it is possible to update the Thunderbird Program without having to backup and reinstall all your Profile folder emails each time. Good to hear that you had located a view to suit your purposes.