How to Merge Email Threads in Mozilla Thunderbird

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Sometimes it happens that you are exchanging emails with someone about one topic and that person, instead of replying to your last email, shoots off a new email. The result is that there are now two parallel threads going on which can (and almost certainly will) become confusing. Here is how to merge email threads in a few clicks.

First, locate the two threads in your email inbox you want to merge.

Mozilla Thunderbird Inbox

Mozilla Thunderbird Inbox

Select the new email thread — the one you wish to merge with the older, longer thread, and click Reply.

New email thread

New email thread

Now open the old email thread and select its content using the Ctrl+A / Ctrl+C keyboard shortcuts.

Old email thread

Old email thread

Return to the new email thread window and press Shift+Enter at the location where you want to insert the other threads content. Using Shift will not interrupt the vertical quotation line(s) on the left of the messages.

Then right-click within the window at that location and select Paste As Quotation from the drop-down menu.

Mozilla Thunderbird — Paste As Quotation

Mozilla Thunderbird — Paste As Quotation

Also, remove any duplicate content from the merged email thread.

Select and remove duplicate content

Select and remove duplicate content

Here is the result of the two merged email threads:

Merged thread

Merged thread

Now you can reply and keep the whole discussion in one email back and forth. Useful, I believe.

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