Thunderbird “Purge” button extension

In: Mozilla

8 Sep 2004

I have said before that Mozilla Thunderbird needs a “Purge” button equivalent to that in Outlook Express. In the time since, I have been using Thunderbird despite saying that I’d stay away until a “Purge” button is implemented. Why? I guess because it didn’t seem like a Purge button was going to be implemented anytime soon (and also because of increased security and protection from OE-targeted worms and viruses).

A commentor reminded me about the existence of an extension that gives you a “Purge” button. I say “reminded” because I’d seen this extension before in the MozillaZine forums way back in the early months of this year. Somehow I forgot all about it since then and have been frantically right-clicking on each folder and selecting “Compact This folder”. Which kinda sucked because that’s a whole lot of clicking going on especially with multiple accounts. Now I can do the same with just 1 click (per folder).

Thunderbird Purge and Delete Junk! buttons

And couple that with the Buttons! extension, it’s so much easier to get rid of junk mail. 2 clicks and junk mail is purged. These buttons really should be in Thunderbird itself.

3 Responses to Thunderbird “Purge” button extension



September 8th, 2004 at 9pm

Just to a “Shift” + “Del” if you want to delete permanently…


Stephan Segraves

September 8th, 2004 at 10pm

I remember you bringing up the topic of a purge button a while back. I need to check this plugin out.

Now, if only they had something that allowed Thunderbird to sit in the systray and use less memory but still check e-mail…


Cheah Chu Yeow

September 9th, 2004 at 4am

Hmmm… Shift-Del doesn’t work for me.