John - all good advice , most done before you wrote with suggestions from others. I did more than necessary, as it happened, because the one thing I missed doing was looking in every archival folder... my typo had landed the ebay folder under the 2015 archive folder.. which is where I also found another missing bunch of emails from my cafepress sales.

Just as a point of info - I download all my email manually.. that is, it doesn't down load until I click on GET MAIL.  I delete spam and junk then.. all mail is also left on server.

I dont know what combination of keys would be a command for "archive this" but perhaps there is one.  anyway all fine now...


On 3/12/2018 12:25 PM, John wrote:
Just a thought ... because I had to set Thunderbird up for my new laptop, so I vaguely remember this.

There's a "Server Settings" in the "Account Settings" under "Tools" that determines whether you download messages to local folders or leave them in folders on the server. Your old ebay folder may still be on the server, with only the local link missing ... or maybe not if you're set up to bring everything down to local folders.

Another thing you can try is use the search at the bottom of the start menu to look for "*.eml". This should show ALL of the email messages currently on your computer. Looks like it's semi-alphabetical by date (oldest first).

If any of the missing ebay folder emails show up, RIGHT CLICK and select "OPEN FILE LOCATION". This should give you the physical path to where the emails are stored.

Check the "Trash" Folder on the account & also under "Local Folders". Also look in the "Recycle Bin". If you've accidentally deleted the folder, and haven't emptied the recycle bin since then, the missing folder may be in there.

On 3/10/2018 03:40, ann sanfedele wrote:
That didn't work... However, my temporary solution was to remove the
message filters that I used in the ebay stuff folder so that, at
least, the ebay messages would get downloadedgoing forward.

While I still had the filters on ,( after ebay stuff folder
disappeared) two emails that came from ebay -did not- download to my
computer... after I took the filter off I did a test and got the two
emails in box (ebay sends email whenever I relist something, or have
a sale, or something didnt sell- so I went in and did a couple of
things it would send me emails about).

ann - sleepless in NYC

On 3/10/2018 2:28 AM, Henk Terhell wrote:
Perhaps you can search for specific words that should be within the
ebay folder, and if it shows up see what file location it has.

Op 2018-03-10 om 02:19 schreef ann sanfedele:
I have my inbox in thunderbird with two subfolders (in addition
to top folder)  PDML and EBAY ... I download ALL my mail.. hardly
ever look at it on line.. I use it as a file system of
information ... I was fiddling with font sizes just now and
suddenly POOF -- the ebay folder disappeared TOTALLLLY! I have
email going from 2015 to the present . What could I have done?
Have I simply hid the folder by hitting a wrong key?

I started to go for help on line and got to a place where someone
was going to charge me for the answer.  grrrrr.

I'm on WIndows 7 pro - as I think most of you who also use
thunderbird might remember. (or not ;-))

It has to be hiding somewhwere, right?

should I do system restore to a couple of hours ago? or is there
something simple within Thunderbird?



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