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Deleted unused accounts, but all the folders are still taking up space.

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My Thunderbird profile is in serious need of trimming, after having used the program for many years (since version 1, I think!) I had a number of email accounts I no longer used, so I deleted them in the program. However, it seems that this does not also remove the folders on disk that are associated with these accounts, and the profile is still taking up just as much space. I am going to be moving to yet another new computer, and once again moving my profile folder. I'd like it to be a lot less chunky when I do. :-)

Is there a way, from within Thunderbird, to remove the folders and emails that were associated with the now-deleted accounts? I have already moved anything I want to save to Local Folders, but it seems that all this did was increase the amount of disk space the profile is hogging.

Thanks in advance!

My Thunderbird profile is in serious need of trimming, after having used the program for many years (since version 1, I think!) I had a number of email accounts I no longer used, so I deleted them in the program. However, it seems that this does not also remove the folders on disk that are associated with these accounts, and the profile is still taking up just as much space. I am going to be moving to yet another new computer, and once again moving my profile folder. I'd like it to be a lot less chunky when I do. :-) Is there a way, from within Thunderbird, to remove the folders and emails that were associated with the now-deleted accounts? I have already moved anything I want to save to Local Folders, but it seems that all this did was increase the amount of disk space the profile is hogging. Thanks in advance!
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In Thunderbird Help > Troubleshooting Information click on 'Open Folder' button a new window opens showing the contents of the 'profile name' folder.

Exit Thunderbird now.

For Pop accounts: Click on 'Mail' folder Delete any old pop mail account name folder that you do not use any more. Be careful to remove only those not used, as deletion is somewhat final.

You can check what it contains: click on pop mail account name folder. mbox files (no extension) can be opened using a text editor program like Notepad++ It will show emails one after the other, oldest at top. (assuming there are emails in file). You would be able to see email address etc.

Once deleted, empty the Recycle Bin and start Thunderbird.

In Thunderbird Help > Troubleshooting Information click on 'Open Folder' button a new window opens showing the contents of the 'profile name' folder. Exit Thunderbird now. For Pop accounts: Click on 'Mail' folder Delete any old pop mail account name folder that you do not use any more. Be careful to remove only those not used, as deletion is somewhat final. You can check what it contains: click on pop mail account name folder. mbox files (no extension) can be opened using a text editor program like Notepad++ It will show emails one after the other, oldest at top. (assuming there are emails in file). You would be able to see email address etc. Once deleted, empty the Recycle Bin and start Thunderbird.
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Thank you! I appreciate your reply, and will work on this today. I'm glad to know that just manually deleting the folders won't "break" anything in Thunderbird.

Thank you! I appreciate your reply, and will work on this today. I'm glad to know that just manually deleting the folders won't "break" anything in Thunderbird.
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