How to Make Thunderbird Minimize in the Notification Area

Mozilla Thunderbird has recently received a huge update after a long time. The new version now available for all the platform is version 78.0 of Mozilla Thunderbird. In this new version, many new features have been added to the most popular email client software in the world.

One of the new features that has been added is the ability to put Mozilla Thunderbird in the notification area of Windows desktop. This makes it very easy for the users to keep Thunderbird running in the background without taking much space in the Windows taskbar.

Here is how you can enable this new feature of placing Thunderbird in the notification area:

  1. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and click on the menu icon (looks like three layers and is located near the top-right corner).
  2. From the Thunderbird menu, select Options to open Thunderbird preferences.
  3. Select General category from the left side in the preferences window.
  4. Scroll down and find the sub-category System Integration.Put Thunderbird in System Tray
  5. Select a checkbox labeled When Thunderbird is minimized, move it to the tray.
  6. Close the preferences tab.

Now whenever you minimize Thunderbird window it will not be closed but instead it will be placed in the notification area (system tray) of Windows desktop. You can click on the Thunderbird icon in the notification area to bring up the Thunderbird window once again. If you want to close the Thunderbird window, then you can simply switch to full view of Thunderbird and close its window or press Alt+F4.

Put Thunderbird in System Tray

If you receive any new email messages in any of the email accounts added to Thunderbird while it was minimize to the system tray, you will receive the notifications in the system tray just like before. You can click on these new email message notifications to switch to the Thunderbird window and read the messages in the full.