Do you wish to compact all local and offline folders to save disk space?

Really?  Again?  Do you wish for me to shove this keyboard up your ass?  OMG!  That is THE most annoying message.  Every damn time hit the DEL key to delete a message in Thunderbird email, I get “Do you wish to compact all local and offline folders to save disk space?”   I’ve been battling this message for months and thought it was introduced in one of the MANY recent updates they’ve been doing.  In hindsight, my mailbox has reached the 20MB space limit for the compacting message to pop up.

Here’s how to turn it off or adjust the settings for it.

In Thunderbird, go to Tools, Options, Advanced, Network & Disk Space.  You can either increase the amount of space or uncheck the checkbox to make it stop altogether.  If you turn it off, then you can manually compact folders from File, Compact Folders.

Turn off "Do you wish to compact all local and offline folders to save disk space?"

2 Responses to Do you wish to compact all local and offline folders to save disk space?

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot, this was driving me crazy, TB developers have certainly lost the plat with TB7, I can’t see a single improvement over last version and it just has tons of nonsense like this popup

  • John Doyle says:

    I continue to be amazed at “features” like this with no clue whatsoever — unless you’ve stumbled across it — on how to fix, modify or delete it.

    Thunderbird font/type/styles choices, for example, are a labyrinth of foggy choices with no linear cause and effect anywhere evident under Tools.

    And when… will Reply editing become human friendly? I am constantly fighting boxes, frames, unchangeable font sizes. Of course, I would not be surprised if there’s a setting somewhere in the program that WILL fix all this, but how one finds it is anyone’s guess.

    It’s my impression that the only “Help” for issues like this is to found online, and that’s another complete maze of dead ends.

    Since the goal of Thunderbird developers is make it a friendly, useful program, why not create a PDF file that ADDRESSES these issues for the end user in an approachable and understandable form that’s supplied WITH program? And yes, it can be revised for the endless string of “upgrades.”

    Finally, would it be so difficult to design the program so that Mailboxes, Messages and the Address Book are NOT buried under multilevels of Windows subdirectories? Why are the folder names apparently encoded; why not use English for ease in occasional Restores?

    Thanks for considering this plea for simplicity and clarity,
    John Doyle
    1/29/2012