How to reorder/rearrange email accounts in Thunderbird

Thunderbird email accounts rearrange options (with Images)

What is Mozilla Thunderbird: Thunderbird is an email & news client developed by Mozilla Foundation. It can be used as an alternative to Microsoft’s Outlook and Outlook Express or VMware’s Zimbra etc; and of-course it’s free.


How to reorder/rearrange email accounts in Mozilla Thunderbird: If you have configured more the one email account in Thunderbird; say suppose you configured your different email accounts in Thunderbird in the below order.





And now you want to rearrange the order and want to bring the AOL account first!!! How will you do it??? You can do it in two ways!

Option 1

Add/Install Folderpane Tools add-on to your Thunderbird.

Step 1: Open Thunderbird go to Tools then Add-ons


Step 2: Search for Folderpane Tools.

Folderpane Tools

Step 3: Once the Folderpane Tools add-on appears click on Install.

Step 4: After installing rearrange the email accounts using the Move up and Move down buttons in the Folderpane Tools Options.

Step 5: You are done! now close and reopen the Thunderbird.

But unfortunately this add-on is incompatible with the latest versions of Thunderbird. Don’t worry you have got a better option to do it and I personally prefer that one, see below:

Option 2

Just have to do a small text edit in the background (modify the prefs.js) and no need to install any extra add-on.

Step 1: Close Thunderbird before proceeding if its open.

Step 2: Go to StartRun type %APPDATA% then click OK OR (if you are using Windows7- Search – %APPDATA% – Roaming –Thunderbird).


Step 3: You will find folders for all the applications and softwares installed in your computer, among those folders Look for a folder named Thunderbird. Double click to Open it.


Step 4: Look for Profiles folder and double click to open it.

Thunderbird email accounts rearrange

Step 5: Then look for a file named prefs.js (if you are using Windows7 – Profiles folder – eopfgeso.default folder – prefs.js).


Step 6: Right to edit the file, before editing take a back up of it (Best practise to follow); Copy and Paste the file on your Desktop.

Thunderbird email accounts rearrange

Step 6: Open the file in any **text editor (Notepad, Notepad2, Notepad++,TextEdit, gedit, etc. ).

Step 7: Look for user_pref(“mail.accountmanager.accounts”,”account1,account2,account3,account4″);.

Step 8: Reorder/rearrange the accounts manually as you wanted and Save the file.

Thunderbird email accounts reoder

Step 9: Now Open Thunderbird. You are done!! Email accounts are rearranged as you wanted without installing any extra add-ons or applications.

**Text editors can be used to change configurations and programming language source code. These are usually provided with the Operating systems for Windows its Notepad (Mac OS X –TextEdit). In this example I have used Notepad++ which is more user-friendly than Notepad and its a free software, even though we can use the default Notepad text editor to edit prefs file I prefer Notepad++.


About Anson

I’m Anson having a decade of versatile experience in Business Process Outsourcing, Finance & Accounting, Information Technology, Operational Excellence & Business Intelligence. I have got the opportunity to work for Genpact, Hewlett Packard, M*Modal and Capgemini in various roles and responsibilities, starting from an Associate to a Manager. Learning anything new has always been my passion and if related to Business and Technology then I love it. is an outcome of my passion towards the same and I have been into asKeygeek since 2012. Outside business and technology I’m a movie buff who spends hours together watching and learning Cinema, I do make Short Films 🙂


  1. Hi, first off, thank you for this post. I use Thunderbird and until I came across this great post, I would edit the prefs file and rename the identity lines to rearrange them how I want. I never new acout the mail.accountmanager line which makes things much easier. Second, I am blind and I really want to thank you for making the captcha-like challenge, something that a blind person has total access to. In my case, 8 plus 6 was quite obvious and 100% accessible to me via my screen reading software. I’m curious as to which plugin does this because I’m interested in adding it to my site. Thank you.

    • Hi Raul,

      Thanks for your comment, happy to know that my post helped you!!

      For captcha either you can use plug in – Captcha by BestWebSoft
      Google reCAPTCHA


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