Keyboard Shortcuts for Searching

This page shows the keyboard shortcuts for the various search functions in Thunderbird. For the full list of all keyboard shortcuts, see Keyboard Shortcuts .

Prior to version 3.1

In earlier versions (prior to 3.1) of Thunderbird, the Ctrl / Command + F key combination invoked the function for searching for text in the currently selected message.

Version 3.1 to version 7

In subsequent versions prior to version 8, the Ctrl / Command + F key combination was reassigned to invoke Quick Filter, which allows you to limit the messages currently displayed by specifying various filter parameters.

The keystroke combination for searching for text within a message was Ctrl / Command + F, Ctrl / Command + F. (That is, the same key combination used twice in a row.)

Version 8 and later

As of Thunderbird version 8, the following keystrokes are assigned to search functions:

  • Search All Messages (Global Search): Ctrl + KCommand + KCtrl + K
  • Quick Filter Bar (filter messages in current view): Ctrl + Shift + KCommand + Shift + KCtrl + Shift + K
  • Search for messages in a folder (search dialog): Ctrl + Shift + F Command + Shift + FCtrl + Shift + F
  • Find text in current message: Ctrl + F Command + FCtrl + F
  • Find again in current message: Ctrl + G or F3Command + G or F3Ctrl + G or F3
  • Find previous in current message: Ctrl + Shift + G or Shift + F3Command + Shift + G or Shift + F3Ctrl + Shift + G or Shift + F3

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