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Email systems need refreshing every now and then, like operating
systems. To flush out the logs and indexing files and cruft. Especially
if you never delete anything. Outlook had this problem too, it is not a
Thunderbird-centric bug. Backup your data. Install new clean copy of
Thunderbird. Only restore the data you need, keep the rest on a
read-only archive email installation.
Read the look at the archive- and backup-related articles for
Thunderbird on MozillaZine. MozBackup is freeware tool used by some
users. There are also tools and plugins that help delete duplicate
messages, in some restore situations.
Be sure you Compact and Repair your folders on a regular basis. And
never let them get about a certain size (not sure what that magic number
is, but you should be able to determine which of your folders are too
big). Large, uncompacted folders can cause Thunderbird to be slower than
Reconsider the "never toss anything" goal. Learn how to use web-based
archives of public lists, so you don't have to keep ancient archives of
those kinds of publicly-available messages.
EPUB Webinar: Join STC Vice President Nicky Bleiel as she discusses tips for creating EPUB, the file format used for e-readers, tablets, smartphones, and more.