Minimize Thunderbird to the system trayPosted: February 1, 2013
Possibly you don’t want to have the Thunderbird’s window hanging around your desktop all the time. But on the other hand – you want your mail client running constantly, so that you do not miss your incoming e-mails.
Unfortunately, Thunderbird does not seem to have a “background mode” where it would sit invisible and quietly check your mailboxes. Still, there is a solution. You may install the MinimizeToTray add-on, which will let you, as the name says it, minimize your mail application window to an icon in the system tray on minimize and/or close event.
Do it like this (tested with Thunderbird 17.0.2 on Min 14.1 Mate 1.4.3):
- Get Add-ons
- Search for “MinimizeToTray”
You shall have it installed by now.
If you want to change its behavior, go to
- Preferences (for MinimizeToTray in the list)
Adjust them to your liking.
For example, I find it more pleasing to have my Thunderbird go to the system tray only when I close the application’s window. And I prefer to bring it back with a single click.