Learn to Set up Notifications for New Emails in Mozilla Thunderbird

See when new messages arrive in Thunderbird

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Your inbox is important, and so are the emails in it. Mozilla Thunderbird can watch your inboxes and let you know when messages arrive.

You can configure the desktop alerts to include any combination of subject, sender, and a preview of the email. That way you can see, right away, which emails you need to open now and which ones are spam or messages that can wait.

Tip: See our Top Thunderbird Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials for some ways to make this email client even better.

How to Configure Email Alerts in Thunderbird

Here's how to make Mozilla Thunderbird tell you each time you get a new message:

  1. Open Thunderbird's settings.
    1. Windows: Navigate to the Tools > Options menu.
    2. macOS: Find the Thunderbird > Preferences menu item.
    3. Linux: Go to Edit > Preferences from the menu.
  2. Open the General category in the settings.
  3. Make sure Show an alert is checked under When new messages arrive.
  4. You can optionally configure the alert's contents and display duration via Customize.
    1. To make the sender display in the alert, check Sender. The subject can be seen too, by enabling Subject. The Message Preview Text is used if you want at least part of the message to be seen in the alert.
  5. Click OK and then Close.