I prefer my most recent emails at the top of the list. Unfortunately Thunderbird (and many other mail clients) do this different.
So how do I change the default sort order?
Change the advanced options!
If you want to sort all mail by Date, Descending (newest at top), change the preferences in the config editor to:
mailnews.default_sort_order: default integer 2 mailnews.default_sort_type: default integer 18
So, what does that 2 stand for? And why 18?
In the options you will find:
Preference Name Status Type Value mailnews.default_news_sort_order: default integer x mailnews.default_news_sort_type: default integer y mailnews.default_sort_order: default integer x mailnews.default_sort_type: default integer y
In the above, replace the
y of the value by double-clicking the name of the preference and replacing it with one of the following values as required:
x (read here)
1 = Ascending 2 = Descending
y (read here)
17 = None 18 = Date 19 = Subject 20 = Author 21 = ID (Order Received) 22 = Thread 23 = Priority 24 = Status 25 = Size 26 = Flagged 27 = Unread 28 = Recipient 29 = Location 30 = Label 31 = Junk Status 32 = Attachments 33 = Account 34 = Custom 35 = Received
Have a nice day!