[Ext] QuickFilterToolbar 1.0 and TotalQuickFilter 3.5

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Post Posted December 5th, 2012, 2:13 pm

QuickFilterToolbar and its more featureful successor TotalQuickFilter have been released on AMO.

Please see the addon-pages for features and usage.

Comments welcome.
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Post Posted December 9th, 2012, 10:58 pm

Great job! I've been waiting for something like this add-on ever since I migrated to Thunderbird (a year and a half ago, from Pocomail/Barca)

I've just tried you add-on and I found a couple of bugs (?) that I wanted to report:
- I saw that you talked about a "scrolling box" where the new quickfilter toolbar buttons now reside. I don't see it. All I see is the buttons (all of them) on the new toolbar
- When I try to move the quickfilter box to an existing toolbar, so I can hide the quickfilter toolbar and save space, the quickfilter box becomes much smaller, even though there is enough space for it to be somewhat wider

Screenshots (my TB is in Spanish, my native language, but the pics should be clear enough)


After - unchanged

After - quickfilter box and sticky button moved to main toolbar, general search box moved to tabs toolbar

Please let me know it these are indeed bugs or the expected behavior of the add-on.


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Post Posted December 10th, 2012, 8:11 am

thanks; if you like it you can give it a nice review ;)

the message content type sub buttons are shown only if the main button is checked.. just like the tags button (if you have any tags in messages), when checked.

the reason the space before the text search box is 'reserved' is for the message (x messages or No Result, post filter). if the space were not reserved, the text box would jump, shrink and expand, which is very no good. but you can change that with a css rule, in userChrome.css or (better) using the Stylish extension:

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#qfb-results-label-box {
  -moz-box-flex: 1 !important;

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Post Posted December 10th, 2012, 9:49 pm

Thanks for you reply. You're right, a nice review is certainly due. I'll be writing one at AMO right away.

I get it now, those were certainly not bugs, then. I got rid of one of the buttons of my toolbar and now the Quickfilter box is about the right width. I'm finally able to hide the QuickFilter toolbar and reclaim some much needed vertical space! Thanks!

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Post Posted January 10th, 2013, 11:19 am

hello alta88,
the quick filter toolbar sounds good- but will it be also available for seamonkey? this time it can not be installed there... :?
I've changed from tb to seamonkey because of hevy delays at syncing - and all I missing is such a customizable quick filter to see ... [only unread] | [only marked] | [only tagged] | [all] ... mails within a folder.
Thanks a lot in advance!

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Post Posted January 11th, 2013, 8:47 am

the quick filter bar in Tb is designed for gloda and i don't believe SM ported that (which is why there aren't syncing delays, if i understand correctly). so i doubt the extension would be compatible on a basic level. perhaps there is another extension with those option as buttons, or the old built in Mail Views menulist toolbaritem would work.

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Post Posted September 9th, 2013, 3:28 am

I've been using QuickFilterToolbar for quite a while. I'm looking forward to using ... ickfilter/


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Post Posted November 6th, 2016, 3:13 am

I recently switched from Outlook to Thunderbird and was looking for a add-on to enable distribution of incoming mail over various in-boxes
This does the job! Great stuff. One question: is there a way that I can backup the filters I made locally?

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Post Posted November 7th, 2016, 11:58 am

The quickfilter state (checked buttons, text filter) are saved in session.json in your profile folder, along with open tabs etc.

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Post Posted January 3rd, 2017, 10:31 am

Thanks for this add-on. It has lots of potential.

But right now I'm having two problems. I'm using TB 45.6.0 on an iMac running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5.

1. The toolbar seems identical to the Quick Filter Toolbar and does not look like the ones shown in the screen shots on the TQF Add-ons page. Perhaps this is due to how I installed TQF: i.e. first I installed it, then I noticed the instruction to uninstall QFT; so I uninstalled both Add-ons, restarted TB, then reinstalled TQF. Maybe this wasn't sufficient to replace the QFT toolbar with TQF's. Whether this is the problem or not, how does one fix it?

2. TQF seems to work fine on various inboxes (I use 4 different accounts), as well as TB's combined inbox. But I tried using it on other folders, and it showed no messages meeting the criteria. For example, in a Gmail iMap account I have a subfolder called "Sent Email 2017" in which sent messages from all 4 of my accounts are stored. If I filter for a part of my own email address, the messages show up. But if I filter for a recipient, I get "no results." The Text filters for To, Recipients, and All Addresses are checked, so why is this happening? What fixes it?

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Post Posted January 5th, 2017, 9:44 am

1. As noted, it's a total guess as to what the theming should be on a mac (mostly follows linux) since I don't have one. Aside from that, you could rename (with Tb closed) xulstore.json to reset any customizations. If you are very careful, you could edit it also and remove bits from the old QFT.

2. You have to make sure the buttons for the filters you want correspond to the comma delimited values in the text box. If you uncheck a button, processing of the items in the textbox is shifted to accommodate the new buttons, with each checked button getting the values between commas. If you want the value in the textbox to apply to All Addresses, you must uncheck all the other buttons, or else repeat the value for each checked button. This design allows AND or OR selection among buttons.

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Post Posted November 27th, 2017, 7:40 am

If I have a message selected, if there a keyboard combination that will throw the recipient name in the quick filter search? Using the mouse to select "Recipient" I see that the "R" is underlined as if that is the keyboard shortcut, but hitting the "r" or "R" key doesn't do anything.

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