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Latest update: unwanted changes

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Prior to this update 78.5.0 the main menu words were legible (now mid grey on pale grey when I'm working elsewhere, almost invisible to older eyes), menus have lost all colour, the viewing pane has lost its - button to shrink the header to 2 lines. And there's this perpetual annoying message demanding I purge deleted files and no way of saying not to continue nagging me. All retrograde steps and, being a mere user, I don't want to fiddle with code to repair the damage, as advised in other help topics.

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

Lets address these in line. There is actually a lot in those few lines.

mhowitt said

Prior to this update 78.5.0 the main menu words were legible (now mid grey on pale grey when I'm working elsewhere, almost invisible to older eyes), menus have lost all colour,

You are not alone having issues with the new theme. But and I must say this, the menu bar accros the top of the windows is actually derived from the windows theme. So if you are talking about the line with File, Edit, View, Go, Message etc that is controlled by windows. The fact is windows itself largely does not use menu bars any longer, so most folk do not realize there theme in windows is the issue. (my menu is black on white using the windows classic theme I have used since windows 2000)

I would also suggest you have a look at the themes offered under Addons. There is a default, light and dark. They might help if you can not get what you want from windows themes.

the viewing pane has lost its - button to shrink the header to 2 lines.

This functionality has been provided since Windows 3 by an addon which the author is no longer supporting (Compactheader) again go to addons manager and under extensions locate the compact header addon and remove it. I will be disabled.

Then go to the search box on the top right and search for Compact headers and add it. It is slightly different, not the basic getting rid of the honking great header is the same. Why we have to have an addon I have no idea. I did not understand it when Thunderbird 3 came out and I still do not.

And there's this perpetual annoying message demanding I purge deleted files and no way of saying not to continue nagging me.

This of the issues you raise probably the most important. Compaction, which is what that dialog is nagging you about is a very important part of Thunderbird's internal housekeeping. Failure to do it is a leading cause of data loss as deleted mail in a folder is never actually removed until such time as the action is completed. So what you say. But when your anti virus get a new virus definition in a month or a year (or even a false positive) for that deleted email and flags it as a "risk" and deletes your entire message store to remove it, then you will care. A lot probably.

You can see just how many supposedly deleted mails are hanging around for an IMAP account by changing the option when I delete mail for "just mark it as deleted".

I suggest you select compact from the file menu about one a month to clear out the cruft and you will not be nagged, your personal security and privacy will be enhanced and loss of email data is less likely. Ohh and the message is not new, but the process to kick it off has been broken in recent Thunderbird version where IMAP accounts are concerned. POP users have had this pop up occasionally, or frequently until they give in, for years and years.

All retrograde steps and, being a mere user, I don't want to fiddle with code to repair the damage, as advised in other help topics.

None of what I have suggested is about fiddling with code. Fairly clear ways to implement change and perhaps get back to where you are happier.

You might also like to try the Phoenity Icons addon if you would like a more colourful interface. Again look for it in the addon manager

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

Lets address these in line. There is actually a lot in those few lines.

mhowitt said

Prior to this update 78.5.0 the main menu words were legible (now mid grey on pale grey when I'm working elsewhere, almost invisible to older eyes), menus have lost all colour,

You are not alone having issues with the new theme. But and I must say this, the menu bar accros the top of the windows is actually derived from the windows theme. So if you are talking about the line with File, Edit, View, Go, Message etc that is controlled by windows. The fact is windows itself largely does not use menu bars any longer, so most folk do not realize there theme in windows is the issue. (my menu is black on white using the windows classic theme I have used since windows 2000)

I would also suggest you have a look at the themes offered under Addons. There is a default, light and dark. They might help if you can not get what you want from windows themes.

the viewing pane has lost its - button to shrink the header to 2 lines.

This functionality has been provided since Windows 3 by an addon which the author is no longer supporting (Compactheader) again go to addons manager and under extensions locate the compact header addon and remove it. I will be disabled.

Then go to the search box on the top right and search for Compact headers and add it. It is slightly different, not the basic getting rid of the honking great header is the same. Why we have to have an addon I have no idea. I did not understand it when Thunderbird 3 came out and I still do not.

And there's this perpetual annoying message demanding I purge deleted files and no way of saying not to continue nagging me.

This of the issues you raise probably the most important. Compaction, which is what that dialog is nagging you about is a very important part of Thunderbird's internal housekeeping. Failure to do it is a leading cause of data loss as deleted mail in a folder is never actually removed until such time as the action is completed. So what you say. But when your anti virus get a new virus definition in a month or a year (or even a false positive) for that deleted email and flags it as a "risk" and deletes your entire message store to remove it, then you will care. A lot probably.

You can see just how many supposedly deleted mails are hanging around for an IMAP account by changing the option when I delete mail for "just mark it as deleted".

I suggest you select compact from the file menu about one a month to clear out the cruft and you will not be nagged, your personal security and privacy will be enhanced and loss of email data is less likely. Ohh and the message is not new, but the process to kick it off has been broken in recent Thunderbird version where IMAP accounts are concerned. POP users have had this pop up occasionally, or frequently until they give in, for years and years.

All retrograde steps and, being a mere user, I don't want to fiddle with code to repair the damage, as advised in other help topics.

None of what I have suggested is about fiddling with code. Fairly clear ways to implement change and perhaps get back to where you are happier.

You might also like to try the Phoenity Icons addon if you would like a more colourful interface. Again look for it in the addon manager

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