Since I have updated to 12.10 the Messaging menu integration for Thunderbird does not work anymore. What am I supposed to do? Does anybody else has experienced this problem? Which components are necessary for Thunderbird to work with the message menu generally?

That means I have the Messaging menu but neither Evolution nor Thunderbird show up there as they did before:
Messaging Menu without Thunderbird

  • You are right, I mean the Messaging menu – user5950 Mar 6 '13 at 10:55

I think the memenu only is disabled, turning it On in the broadcast menu, look at this.

I think it helps you.


I've the package thunderbird-globalmenu installed (for a long time...)

In thunderbird you have to change some preferences maybe

In the german version look at the following:

Bearbeiten -> Einstellungen -> Allgemein -> Im Nachrichtenmenü anzeigen (check)

and maybe check "Für Nachrichten in allen Ordner"

in englisch I think the preferences are something like

Edit -> Prefernces -> Global (Menu on the left side) -> Show in Messaging Menu (check)

and maybe check "For all folders"

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed with thunderbird 17.0.3 and I can see new messages in the menu and get a blue icon

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    The memenu was deprecated in 12.10. – Seth Mar 6 '13 at 16:24
  • What is the "broadcast menu"? I am seeing the Messaging menu. But neither Evolution nor Thunderbird show up there as thy did before. – user5950 Mar 6 '13 at 17:16
  • Edited my answer to setting up thunderbird correctly for messaging menu. – D-E-N Mar 8 '13 at 10:05
  • My settings are as you propose, but it doesn't work at all. Any thoughts? – user5950 Oct 23 '13 at 21:09
  • Is your thunderbird open, while getting a mail? – D-E-N Oct 29 '13 at 8:46

I struggled with this for a few days, then worked out that in:

Thunderbird > Add-ons > Extensions

Make sure that 'Messaging Menu and Unity Launcher Integration 1.3.1' add-on is installed and enabled.

Now my 'Mail' indicator icon functions correctly.

  • Where to find that extension? – user5950 Oct 23 '13 at 21:08

Install thunderbird-globalmenu package, which includes the messagingmenu extension.

  • I have that package already installed. Thank you anyway. – user5950 Mar 7 '13 at 14:57

After all I found out, what was the problem: I had an old Thunderbird extension for Ubuntu installed: Messaging Menu and Unity Launcher Integration This Extension is not supported anymore. After I completely removed it (don't deactivate but remove it!) everything works as expected again.

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