OS X

Stop Thunderbird from cluttering your Desktop with Attachments on OSX

Solution

Set the following preferences

browser.download.folderList=2
browser.download.dir=/path/to/folder/to/save/attachments/in

Explanation

This problem seems to plague most Thunderbird users on Mac OS X – myself included. So I have been scouring the interwebs looking for a solution and today I’ve found one. The default behavior for Thunderbird is to use the Desktop when “opening” attachments but there is a way to change this. There’s a preference which determines how Thunderbird chooses the “temporary download” directory.

browser.download.folderList

The acceptable values for this are 0, 1, or 2 which respectively correspond to the Desktop, the Downloads, or a Custom folder. So if we set this preference to 2, then Thunderbird will try and use the folder that is defined in the preference

browser.download.dir

Setting these two preferences will finally stop Thunderbird from cluttering you desktop with attachemtns on Mac OS X.

Cheers!

-The IT Department

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6 thoughts on “Stop Thunderbird from cluttering your Desktop with Attachments on OSX

  1. In Thunderbird 1.5 or later, about:config is accessed via “Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> General -> Config Editor (button)”.

  2. This is amazing. There are so many other “solutions” out there, and this is the only one that has worked for me. And it is so easy/simple to fix.

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