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If you want to search a website for text you see in a message in Thunderbird, can instantly run the search from Thunderbird.

How to use Search

Let’s say you see the phrase "I like Minotaur" and want to search the web for Minotaur. Just highlight the word "Minotaur" then right-click and select Search Bing for "Minotaur"

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Thunderbird will show the search results in your default browser.

How to change the default search engine

Bing is set as the default search engine. To change it, do the following:

  1. At the top of the Thunderbird window, click the Tools menu and select OptionsIn the menu bar, click the Thunderbird menu and select PreferencesAt the top of the Thunderbird window, click the Edit menu and select Preferences, or click the menu button New Fx Menu fx57menu and choose OptionsPreferences.
  2. Select the General panel.
  3. Under Default Search Engine, use the drop-down menu to select your preferred search engine from the list.
  4. Click OK to close the dialog.


How to add Google to the search engine list

Google is not included in the search engine list, but you can add it simply by installing the Google Search for Thunderbird add-on. After you install the add-on, Google will be available in the list of search engines.