Keyboard Shortcuts for Searching

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 + FCtrl / 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 + K
  • Quick Filter Bar (filter messages in current view): Ctrl + Shift + K
  • Search for messages in a folder (search dialog): Ctrl + Shift + F
  • Find text in current message: Ctrl + F
  • Find again in current message: Ctrl + G or F3
  • Find previous in current message: Ctrl + Shift + G or Shift + F3