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How can I get back the old Thunderbird Interface?

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Some time ago, Thunderbird changed the whole organization of the email presentation. I am a long-time Thunderbird user who is used to the old screen and organization and I want to find out how I can get the old screen and organization back. I've attached a screenshot so you can see which version of Thunderbird is causing me so much trouble. Why change the traditional top-of-the-screen menu: (File, View,Tools, Help)? It was so logical and so easy. The movable mish-mash that exists now is driving me crazy.

For instance, I used an app under Tools that presorted certain emails and routed them to assigned folders. Not only has the sorting gone wrong, I haven't got the faintest idea where the app is? The emails that were once successfully sorted and rerouted are not working. And they're turning up as read in random folders.

Firefox also changes things that don't need to be changed, but my experience there is that an add-on or extenstion soon turns up that restores the features that users like.

In my preliminary search on my problem, there was not one article. In fact, my search came back with the message that no article appeared to match my query. I guess I must be the only person that is not happy with this interface.

Is there a way I can get the old version back? I'm sorry if I seem grouchy, but I am 83 and not being able to find what I need and what I used to have makes me a tad tetchy.

Some time ago, Thunderbird changed the whole organization of the email presentation. I am a long-time Thunderbird user who is used to the old screen and organization and I want to find out how I can get the old screen and organization back. I've attached a screenshot so you can see which version of Thunderbird is causing me so much trouble. Why change the traditional top-of-the-screen menu: (File, View,Tools, Help)? It was so logical and so easy. The movable mish-mash that exists now is driving me crazy. For instance, I used an app under Tools that presorted certain emails and routed them to assigned folders. Not only has the sorting gone wrong, I haven't got the faintest idea where the app is? The emails that were once successfully sorted and rerouted are not working. And they're turning up as read in random folders. Firefox also changes things that don't need to be changed, but my experience there is that an add-on or extenstion soon turns up that restores the features that users like. In my preliminary search on my problem, there was not one article. In fact, my search came back with the message that no article appeared to match my query. I guess I must be the only person that is not happy with this interface. Is there a way I can get the old version back? I'm sorry if I seem grouchy, but I am 83 and not being able to find what I need and what I used to have makes me a tad tetchy.
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Going back, unfortunately, is not an option. However, what I think you want can be done. To get the menu bar, click Alt key and it will appear. To keep it there, click view>toolbars>menu bar. Like you, I also like having that bar, but many now prefer to see less. I do hope this helps you.

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Going back, unfortunately, is not an option. However, what I think you want can be done. To get the menu bar, click Alt key and it will appear. To keep it there, click view>toolbars>menu bar. Like you, I also like having that bar, but many now prefer to see less. I do hope this helps you.

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Bless you, David. Sanity returns. Now that I have my unobtrusive menu back, I can do anythng.

But I disagree with your generous description of the redesigned screen: rather than seeing less, you are seeing more than you need and nothing is in a logical order.

My feeling is - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But if you're going to redesign the whole damn screen, you should at least include a prominent and accessible retrofix so you can go back to the screen you're comfortable with.

But that's not your problem - nor mine. But I wouldn't mind management picking up the idea and incorporating it with any future redesign.

Thanks again David, Barbara

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Thank you for your kind words. It seems that, in all areas of our lives, changes are being made that are intended to support the majority. Unfortunately, that leaves the rest of us to scramble to find the settings. Like you, I was once stymied because I couldn't find the menu bar, so I fully understood your frustration. I'm glad all is well again.