I am wondering if there is a way to turn on a unread mail count? I have 8 email accounts, most of them work related, and to have all open would mean scrolling to find which inboxes had new messages. I had been using Thunderbird which when an account was closed(minimized) the account would bold and a number (unread mail count) would be shown when new mails came in. I know there is the smart inbox thing but would prefer not to use that.
What version of em Client are you currently using? In the new 7.1 it should be set as you say by default as in the screenshot below.
I think the OP wants to see the unread count if the account list is collapsed which, unfortunately, is not available on eM Client.