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How do I tell Thunderbird to request confirmation before deleting a message?

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When I went to delete a message, Thunderbird asked for confirmation, but with a check-box saying "Don't ask again". I accidentally checked this, and now if I delete a message, it just goes ahead without asking for confirmation. I've tried to find a place in Options to reset this setting, but I can't find it. Where should I look for this?

When I went to delete a message, Thunderbird asked for confirmation, but with a check-box saying "Don't ask again". I accidentally checked this, and now if I delete a message, it just goes ahead without asking for confirmation. I've tried to find a place in Options to reset this setting, but I can't find it. Where should I look for this?

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Diego Victor 658 solutions 4175 answers

Hello,

You can use this addons:

To install it open Thunderbird click on Tools >> Addons >> at the top of the windows there is a gear click on it then click on Install Add-on From File then select the archive that you download from the link above.

Hello, You can use this addons: *https://nic-nac-project.org/~kaosmos/index-en.html#cbd To install it open Thunderbird click on '''Tools''' >> '''Addons''' >> at the top of the windows there is a gear click on it then click on '''Install Add-on From File''' then select the archive that you download from the link above.

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I'm not looking to use an add-on, just the default setting in Thunderbird.

I'm not looking to use an add-on, just the default setting in Thunderbird.
kobe 441 solutions 5048 answers

Sorry, but that feature isn't present in Thunderbird.

Sorry, but that feature isn't present in Thunderbird.

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What feature's that?

What feature's that?
christ1
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If you don't want to install the extension, you can set-up Thunderbird that deleted messages are moved to Trash. So they can always be recovered.

If you don't want to install the extension, you can set-up Thunderbird that deleted messages are moved to Trash. So they can always be recovered.

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It used to be that when I went to delete a message, Thunderbird asked for confirmation (with a check-box saying "Don't ask again".)

How do I get it to continue doing that?

It used to be that when I went to delete a message, Thunderbird asked for confirmation (with a check-box saying "Don't ask again".) How do I get it to continue doing that?
christ1
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Then you probably already have the extension installed. Please confirm.

Then you probably already have the extension installed. Please confirm.

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I don't know anything about an extension.

I don't know anything about an extension.
christ1
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Please post your Troubleshooting Information. AppMenu Button - Help - Troubleshooting Information

Please post your Troubleshooting Information. AppMenu Button - Help - Troubleshooting Information

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What is my "Troubleshooting Information"?

What is my "Troubleshooting Information"?
christ1
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https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/ask-tb#w_how-to-ask-your-question
purevw 1 solutions 28 answers

I am assuming that your original question was referring to deleting a message from the trash folder, and not from your inbox? I went to empty my trash and accidentally clicked the "don't ask again" box. I found your post while searching how to reverse what I had done. If my assumption is correct, then here is your answer.

Make sure Thunderbird is not running. Go to your account folder. The folder for the account should have a very random name, such as nt4jund.default". Open the folder. Then find and open prefs.js file with a text editor. Do a search for "emptyTrash" within the file. When you find the following line:

user_pref("mailnews.emptyTrash.dontAskAgain", true);

just change "true" to "false" and save the file.

I am assuming that your original question was referring to deleting a message from the trash folder, and not from your inbox? I went to empty my trash and accidentally clicked the "don't ask again" box. I found your post while searching how to reverse what I had done. If my assumption is correct, then here is your answer. Make sure Thunderbird is not running. Go to your account folder. The folder for the account should have a very random name, such as nt4jund.default". Open the folder. Then find and open prefs.js file with a text editor. Do a search for "emptyTrash" within the file. When you find the following line: user_pref("mailnews.emptyTrash.dontAskAgain", true); just change "true" to "false" and save the file.

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>> I am assuming that your original question was referring to deleting a message from the trash folder, and not from your inbox <<

No, I was referring to deleting messages from the inbox, but anyway I found that file 'prefs.js', but it doesn't have the line you said. I tried searching for "emptyTrash", "dontAskAgain", & "mailnews", but it doesn't find any of them.

>> I am assuming that your original question was referring to deleting a message from the trash folder, and not from your inbox << No, I was referring to deleting messages from the inbox, but anyway I found that file 'prefs.js', but it doesn't have the line you said. I tried searching for "emptyTrash", "dontAskAgain", & "mailnews", but it doesn't find any of them.
purevw 1 solutions 28 answers

I don't remember ever being prompted for confirmation before deleting anything from the inbox. I was only asked when I choose to empty the trash. What version of Thunderbird and what operating system do you use?

    The add-on mentioned earlier in this post will do that for you. It can be found at the link provided by Diego Victor:

https://nic-nac-project.org/~kaosmos/index-en.html#cbd

  I downloaded and installed it, but it did not offer confirmation for emptying trash, which is what I wanted. But it did offer to prompt for confirmation when deleting from the inbox. I never cared about confirmation when deleting from the inbox since even if I accidentally delete something, it just goes to the trash folder and can be moved back to the inbox. The specific add-on is called "CONFIRMBEFOREDELETE"  It's part way down the page in the link provided.
I don't remember ever being prompted for confirmation before deleting anything from the inbox. I was only asked when I choose to empty the trash. What version of Thunderbird and what operating system do you use? The add-on mentioned earlier in this post will do that for you. It can be found at the link provided by Diego Victor: https://nic-nac-project.org/~kaosmos/index-en.html#cbd I downloaded and installed it, but it did not offer confirmation for emptying trash, which is what I wanted. But it did offer to prompt for confirmation when deleting from the inbox. I never cared about confirmation when deleting from the inbox since even if I accidentally delete something, it just goes to the trash folder and can be moved back to the inbox. The specific add-on is called "CONFIRMBEFOREDELETE" It's part way down the page in the link provided.

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I'm not interested in installing an "add-on". I just want to put Thunderbird back to the way it was before.

I'm not interested in installing an "add-on". I just want to put Thunderbird back to the way it was before.

Question owner

My Thunderbird is version 24.4.0, and my OS is Windows 8.1

Bob Eccles

My Thunderbird is version 24.4.0, and my OS is Windows 8.1 Bob Eccles
purevw 1 solutions 28 answers

Maybe Thunderbird for Windows is a little different. In Linux, I have never seen a confirmation dialog for deleting from the inbox. That feature doesn't exist in Linux as far as I can tell. Sorry I couldn't help more.

Maybe Thunderbird for Windows is a little different. In Linux, I have never seen a confirmation dialog for deleting from the inbox. That feature doesn't exist in Linux as far as I can tell. Sorry I couldn't help more.
goodday 0 solutions 5 answers

I use windows XP with IMAP and I do not remember such a feature.

I use windows XP with IMAP and I do not remember such a feature.
roberto21 0 solutions 2 answers

I have the same problem (thunderbird 24.6.0 win7 y64bit). When I hit shift+del to delete messages without going to the thrash bin I used to get a confirmation dialog ("Are you sure---?"). Now this dialog disappeared (I don't know what I did, maybe I checked "don't ask again" inadvertently, but I don't know for sure) and I can't find a way to restore it. Any suggestion?

I have the same problem (thunderbird 24.6.0 win7 y64bit). When I hit shift+del to delete messages without going to the thrash bin I used to get a confirmation dialog ("Are you sure---?"). Now this dialog disappeared (I don't know what I did, maybe I checked "don't ask again" inadvertently, but I don't know for sure) and I can't find a way to restore it. Any suggestion?