Thunderbird's slow scrolling

J. Limon jlimon at
Fri Apr 10 21:04:50 UTC 2009

On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 03:56:58PM -0500, Tommy Trussell wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 6:24 PM, J. Limon <jlimon at> wrote:
> > Roy Smith wrote:
> >> J. Limon wrote:
> >>> Anyone else experience that Thunderbird is extremely slow when
> >>> scrolling through an Inbox? Perhaps THIS inbox? (The one you're
> >>> looking at.)
> >>>
> >>> For me, when I'm on a mailing list inbox, scrolling through the
> >>> message list is painful at best. The messages themselves load fine
> >>> because I have Thunderbird download all messages locally to save
> >>> bandwidth (I'm using IMAP) but the message list column's
> >>> scrolling is dreadfully slow.
> >>>
> >>> Google says I'm not the only one, just wondering if anyone has any
> >>> insight
> >>
> >> I'm not experiencing this problem.  How do you have your inbox set
> >> up?  Do all of your inbound emails go there?  Have you though about
> >> setting up message rules and filtering out the emails from this
> >> mailing list and put them in a separate folder?  That's how I have it
> >> set up.  Also when was the last time you compacted your mail folders?
> >>
> >
> > I'm using IMAP, set to download all my mail for "offline" viewing to
> > save on IMAP bandwidth.
> >
> > We're not talking a huge mailbox here.. I delete my mailing list stuff
> > every few weeks.. it's the application itself. Any time a scrollbar is
> > present in the messages column, it's VERY jaggedy. The other window
> > columns scroll fine (such as the compose window I am typing in.)
> Thunderbird seems plenty fast on all my systems, and I use IMAP to
> connect to about six different email servers.
> Try turning off the feature to download mail for offline viewing. I
> don't really see how that can SAVE on IMAP bandwidth, because it will
> have to download every message and attachment you receive, whether you
> look at it or not. On an active list like this one there are probably
> lots of messages you never want to open.
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Well, I'm pretty sure it's the application itself. PLEASE NOTE, I was using the 3 column effect so ALL the messages were being listed from top to bottom in the application whereas most people only show 4-10. When I switched back to "Classic view" only showing a few emails, it scrolled a lot faster, but this is not what I want.

I "solved" this entire issue by switching to Mutt, heh.

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