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Is there a way to disable the "Home" tab? This appeared after an update, and I really dislike having it there.

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After a recent update, there now appears to be a static "Home" tab to the far left on Thunderbird. I greatly appreciate being able to have tabs in place, such as Inbox and Sent, etc. But the Home tab is useless for me and takes up valuable space. Is there a way to disable this default Home tab? There is no "x" that will close it, as there are for the tabs you can create yourself. Thanks!

Running version 60.5.3 in Windows 10

After a recent update, there now appears to be a static "Home" tab to the far left on Thunderbird. I greatly appreciate being able to have tabs in place, such as Inbox and Sent, etc. But the Home tab is useless for me and takes up valuable space. Is there a way to disable this default Home tab? There is no "x" that will close it, as there are for the tabs you can create yourself. Thanks! Running version 60.5.3 in Windows 10

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You may have a corrupted session file or layout. To test the first, Help/Troubleshooting Information, click Open Folder, close TB, rename session.json to session.json.OLD, restart TB and see if the troublesome tab disappears. If not, Help/Restart with Add-ons Disabled (safe mode) and see if it makes any difference. Report on the outcome.

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sfhowes
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The Home Page appears in the Message Pane at startup. The Message Pane can be toggled on or off with F8.

The Home Page appears in the Message Pane at startup. The Message Pane can be toggled on or off with F8.

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Perhaps I was unclear. I'm not talking about anything that appears in the message pane. Not the "Welcome screen" or anything like that. Thunderbird has the ability to allow you to create Tabs for your Folders. Say you have "Inbox" and "Sent Mail." You can have these appear as tabs that you can then toggle through. That's great. Only thing is that there is a "HOME" tab that is Always On. This home tab displays things such as Email, Accounts, Advanced Features, etc. All stuff you can get at from the menu. So really just more obnoxious than useful. It is this HOME TAB that I want to remove.

Perhaps I was unclear. I'm not talking about anything that appears in the message pane. Not the "Welcome screen" or anything like that. Thunderbird has the ability to allow you to create Tabs for your Folders. Say you have "Inbox" and "Sent Mail." You can have these appear as tabs that you can then toggle through. That's great. Only thing is that there is a "HOME" tab that is Always On. This home tab displays things such as Email, Accounts, Advanced Features, etc. All stuff you can get at from the menu. So really just more obnoxious than useful. It is this HOME TAB that I want to remove.
sfhowes
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The Home tab you're referring to is displayed when an account is selected in the Folder Pane, and is replaced by the Threads Pane (message list) when a folder is selected in the Folder Pane. So, perhaps you should simply select a folder instead of an account. But if the Folder Pane is hidden, then that wouldn't be possible. View/Layout/Folder Pane to toggle the Folder Pane on or off. Press Alt if the Menu Bar with View is hidden.

The Home tab you're referring to is displayed when an account is selected in the Folder Pane, and is replaced by the Threads Pane (message list) when a folder is selected in the Folder Pane. So, perhaps you should simply select a folder instead of an account. But if the Folder Pane is hidden, then that wouldn't be possible. View/Layout/Folder Pane to toggle the Folder Pane on or off. Press Alt if the Menu Bar with View is hidden.

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Hmmm....Well, it is true that the Home tab contents also come up when you select an account. However, I've always simply had folders selected. (I'm a long-time Thunderbird user, and I've made no changes on my end to what is selected or what views are showing.) The program updated, and all of a sudden, I had a Home tab where before there were simply the tabs I'd chosen. Regardless, I tested out your suggestion, and the Home tab is still there, parked to the left (perpetually) of the five other tabs I have open. It still defaults to the last tab I had selected when I open the program, which is always my Inbox tab; however, that Home tab is still there. Lurking. To the Left. Ridiculously.

Hmmm....Well, it is true that the Home tab contents also come up when you select an account. However, I've always simply had folders selected. (I'm a long-time Thunderbird user, and I've made no changes on my end to what is selected or what views are showing.) The program updated, and all of a sudden, I had a Home tab where before there were simply the tabs I'd chosen. Regardless, I tested out your suggestion, and the Home tab is still there, parked to the left (perpetually) of the five other tabs I have open. It still defaults to the last tab I had selected when I open the program, which is always my Inbox tab; however, that Home tab is still there. Lurking. To the Left. Ridiculously.
sfhowes
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You may have a corrupted session file or layout. To test the first, Help/Troubleshooting Information, click Open Folder, close TB, rename session.json to session.json.OLD, restart TB and see if the troublesome tab disappears. If not, Help/Restart with Add-ons Disabled (safe mode) and see if it makes any difference. Report on the outcome.

You may have a corrupted session file or layout. To test the first, Help/Troubleshooting Information, click Open Folder, close TB, rename session.json to session.json.OLD, restart TB and see if the troublesome tab disappears. If not, Help/Restart with Add-ons Disabled (safe mode) and see if it makes any difference. Report on the outcome.

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YES! I did both of these things, and that solved the problem. When I took it back out of safe mode, the problem did not return. Unfortunately, I am not certain which item worked, as I did not test properly after first renaming the session before moving on to the second fix. (Bad troubleshooting form, I know.) However, the problem has been solved, and I am incredibly grateful for your assistance! Thank you!

YES! I did both of these things, and that solved the problem. When I took it back out of safe mode, the problem did not return. Unfortunately, I am not certain which item worked, as I did not test properly after first renaming the session before moving on to the second fix. (Bad troubleshooting form, I know.) However, the problem has been solved, and I am incredibly grateful for your assistance! Thank you!
sfhowes
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If you didn't disable any add-ons or themes, or reset the toolbars and controls, starting in safe mode probably had no effect, so the repair of session.json seems to have done it.

If you didn't disable any add-ons or themes, or reset the toolbars and controls, starting in safe mode probably had no effect, so the repair of session.json seems to have done it.