How to Disable Paragraph Spacing in Thunderbird

Ben Stegner 25-08-2016

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Thus, it’s frustrating when an update to your favorite software changes options that you expect to behave a certain way. Multiple users have reported issues with the latest update to Thunderbird changing the way that hitting Enter spaces paragraphs; while it used to make a single space, it now double-spaces in between paragraphs.

If you’d like to go back to the old spacing convention, here’s what you need to change in Thunderbird.

Head to Tools > Options >, then under the Composition tab, select General. Now, find the option labeled When using paragraph format, the enter key creates a new paragraph and disable it. That’s it! Now pressing Enter when typing a message will only create one line instead of two.

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Did this setting bother you, or do you prefer to have a new paragraph on a double-spaced line? Let us know down in the comments!

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Related topics: Mozilla Thunderbird, Troubleshooting.

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    September 23, 2019 at 11:46 am

    This is good; however you will need the menu toolbar displayed before you will see the correct tools/options to select. Menu toolbar is under: display the thunderbird menu (the upper right corner three bars) / options.

  2. Terry
    August 26, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks, good to know.

    • Ben Stegner
      August 26, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Happy we could help you out!

  3. TBird User
    August 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for this. Been driving me nuts!

    • Ben Stegner
      August 26, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Glad it helped you!