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How can I get rid of zebra striping in the folders pane?

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I recently had my computers stolen and had to start from scratch. I loaded Thunderbird and apparently it is a later version than I was previously using. After migrating a backup of my profile to it, I have this horrible zebra striping in the folders pane which pretty much keeps me from being able to identify folders since every other line is light text on a light background -- I'd prefer for the background of all lines to be dark.

I found an article which included some code to put in the userChrome.css file to eliminate the striping but it was for Thunderbird 2.0 and I am currently on 68.3.1 (32-bit) (not sure how I wound up with 32 bit). I tried it but it didn't work.

Does anyone know how to change this -- I'm starting to think of looking for a different email client as this is making Thunderbird very difficult to use.

I recently had my computers stolen and had to start from scratch. I loaded Thunderbird and apparently it is a later version than I was previously using. After migrating a backup of my profile to it, I have this horrible zebra striping in the folders pane which pretty much keeps me from being able to identify folders since every other line is light text on a light background -- I'd prefer for the background of all lines to be dark. I found an article which included some code to put in the userChrome.css file to eliminate the striping but it was for Thunderbird 2.0 and I am currently on 68.3.1 (32-bit) (not sure how I wound up with 32 bit). I tried it but it didn't work. Does anyone know how to change this -- I'm starting to think of looking for a different email client as this is making Thunderbird very difficult to use.

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Never mind. I figured out a solution myself through experimentation. For anyone else experiencing this, in your optional chrome\userChrome.css file, add the following:

   /* remove zebra striping */
   #folderTree treechildren::-moz-tree-row(odd) {
       background-color: transparent !important;
   }
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Never mind. I figured out a solution myself through experimentation. For anyone else experiencing this, in your optional chrome\userChrome.css file, add the following:

   /* remove zebra striping */
   #folderTree treechildren::-moz-tree-row(odd) {
       background-color: transparent !important;
   }

Modified by lnoland

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TB doesn't display stripes by default, but some add-ons like ReminderFox cause this.

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Thanks for the info -- I have ReminderFox installed so that would explain it.

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Thank you to sfhowes. I've been trying to come up with a combination of operating system theme and TB theme to fix the rather ridiculous striping and disabling ReminderFox was the solution.