Disable Thunderbird notifications for new emails

Date: April 6th, 2010
Author: Stefan Batanov

In this tutorial we will guide you in three easy steps how to disable new message notifications in Mozilla Thunderbird. Thought this feature could be quite useful in some cases I personally find it really disturbing and annoying. I guest it all depends by the volume of emails you receive on daily basis. If you are waiting an important email form a client or from your CEO for example it would be better if you respond as quickly as possible. However, in my inbox i get about four hundred emails per day. It is really bad when I\”m in a middle of a presentation with a possible client and you get a notification for incoming email from a direct competitor in the business segment. Not that it has happened to me , but I have heard stories. To avoid being the main character is such confusing incidents I will guide you how to disable the alerts for new messages in Mozilla Thunderbird.

Fist of all here is how the new email notifications look like in Thunderbird.

Disable Thunderbird notifications for new emails

For the purposes of this tutorial we have used Mozilla Thunderbird version 3.0.4 under Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3. The guide is also valid for the version if Thunderbird email client under Linux.

First step of the guide is to go to Tools -> Options menu from the top navigation bar.

In Linux this would be Edit -> Preferences

Disable Thunderbird notifications for new emails

Once the Options window opens you will land on the General tab. The second section on this tab should be labeled When new messages arrive. By default both boxes Show an alert and Play a sound will be checked. I do not know your affinity to sounds but I find them almost as disturbing and annoying as the alerts. In my case I have unchecked both options. Once you click OK button settings will take effect immediately.

Disable Thunderbird notifications for new emails

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