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The Thunderbird window consists of a title bar, menu, toolbar, folders bar, and display area. At the bottom is a status bar showing connection status, the unread message count, and total message counts.
There are three layouts for Thunderbird. Each layout displays at least two panes: Folder and the Message list. Each layout can optionally have a third pane with the contents of the currently selected message (if there is one).
The layouts Thunderbird supports are
Each layout is selected from the Thunderbird View, Layout menu.
If you have the Message pane turned off, the space that would normally have been occupied by it is allocated to the Message list window.
The Folder pane shows all the defined accounts and the folders for each account. The Tree List view lets you expand each account and see folders that belong to the account. Each email account has at least an inbox, a Drafts folder, Templates folder, Sent folder, and Trash folder. If Junk Mail Controls are enabled, you'll also have a Junk folder.
News and blog accounts have a folder for each RSS feed and a Trash folder.
Newsgroup (NNTP) accounts have a folder for each newsgroup you have subscribed to. There is no Trash folder in newsgroup accounts because messages can't be deleted. You can, however, attempt to cancel a post you've made. Most servers, though, do not handle this properly.
Message List Pane
The Message list contains all the messages for an account. Messages are in bold if they are unread and are not bold if they've been read. You can mark messages as read or unread at any time. When you mark a message as read and the sender has requested a read receipt (and you have enabled read receipts), the receipt is sent.
The optional Message pane shows the contents of the currently selected message. For email, if the format is HTML, the HTML formatting is applied in this pane. If you have a substantial amount of email, the Message pane is a valuable time-saver because it allows you to quickly peruse your messages without having to explicitly open each one.
The Attachments pane is used to show message attachments. Messages with attachments are indicated in the Message list pane with a paperclip icon. Attachments in the Attachments pane can be right-clicked and then either saved or opened. The standard cautions apply when opening attachments: Unless you know that the attachment is safe, you should run a virus scan or not open it!
The Attachments pane is displayed only if the message has an attachment and if the Message pane is also displayed.
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