How-To Remove Correspondents Header Column

New to Thunderbird 45 is the addition of Correspondents column combining Sender and Recipient with an arrow on the left side of the email address. This ‘feature’ was request about 16-years ago (read all about it in Bug 36489).  As I mentioned in the previous post, it is not the name change that bothers me, rather it is the arrow that was added. After some reading the later comments I found out the ‘From’ column was not removed, simply hidden and replaced by Correspondents.
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The fix to this is very easy and it does not involve add-ons or even custom CSS coding:

  1. Right-click anywhere on the column headers row
  2. Uncheck the box next to Correspondents
    correspondents-rc
  3. Again, right-click anywhere on the column headers row
  4. Check the box next to From

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Congratulations, you have your ‘From’ column header back again. Note: You will need to do this for every folder and this change does not carry across folder views (All Folders, Favorite Folders, Unread Folders, etc) so you will need to make this change if you use different folder views as well.