Disable Indexing in Mozilla® Thunderbird® 3
What is indexing in Mozilla Thunderbird 3? Discuss tips to disable it.
Mozilla Thunderbird 3 is the latest free and open source cross platform e-mail client from Mozilla Corporation. It also works as news client applications. Mozilla Thunderbird 3 has been developed in 2009. The main feature and benefit of the browser is the global search and indexing of e-mail messages. The browser has been designed with ability to index your entire mailbox. It also helps to build a database of your e-mails. These are done to enable quick search of files and messages. The indexing feature has been added to allow better performance while you are attempting to find messages. But, there are some situations during which you need to disable indexing feature in Mozilla Thunderbird 3.
Following are the needs and methods to disable indexing in Mozilla Thunderbird 3:
- Need to disable indexing
- Delete msf files
- Uncheck Enable Global Search and Indexer
Need to disable indexing
Although, indexing feature has been added for enabling the performance of Mozilla Thunderbird 3, you may need to disable it. The most possible reason for doing it is the slowdown in browser. These indexes may get corrupted after a long time of use. It may also come as a result of some infections. To avoid and fix browser hangs and slowdowns, you need to disable the indexing.
Delete msf files
Mozilla Thunderbird 3 stores e-mails in a file extension under e-mail client folder. Each of these folders has an msf file associated with it. These contain an index of all e-mails in the folder. Deleting these msf files in the profile file disables corrupted indexing from Mozilla Thunderbird 3. It then rebuilds the indexes automatically at the next startup.
It is possible to disable the indexing in Mozilla Thunderbird 3 by following a series of manual steps. To do this, you need to open up the browser and get the 'Options' window. You need to then select 'Advanced' button. It opens up the Advanced Configuration box. You can then select 'General' tab. Next step is to uncheck the check box near to the option 'Enable Global Search and Indexer'. Just, restart Mozilla Thunderbird 3 to save these changes and get the indexing option disabled.
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