Mozilla Thunderbird keyboard shortcuts

Mozilla Thunderbird  

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
4 years ago
- Shortcuts

As a user of a powerful email program like Mozilla Thunderbird, you need to use at least some of the keyboard shortcuts. There are tens of Thunderbird shortcuts, but just have a look at this list to find if features you frequently use has a shortcut key.

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Ctrl + N

New message

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or Ctrl + M
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Ctrl + R

Reply to message (sender only)

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + R

Reply to all in message (to sender and all recipients)

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + L

Reply to list

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Ctrl + L

Forward message

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Ctrl + E

Edit message as new

To start a new message in non-default format (Plain text vs. HTML): Hold Shift while clicking any one of these buttons: Write, Reply, Reply All, Reply List, or Forward or Right-click existing message, then hold Shift while choosing any one of the following from the context menu: Reply to Sender Only, Reply to All, Reply to List, or Forward.
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F5

Get new messages for current account

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↑   Shift + F5

Get new messages for all accounts

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Ctrl + O

Open message (in new window or tab)

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or ⤶ Enter
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(on message or folder) Open message or folder in a new tab in the background

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then hold Shift while choosing: Open Message in New Tab

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + O

Open message in conversation

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Ctrl + +

Zoom in

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or Ctrl + =
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or Ctrl +
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Ctrl + -

Zoom out

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or Ctrl +
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Ctrl + 0

Reset zoom

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Expand collapsed thread

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Collapse expanded thread

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*

Expand all threads

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\

Collapse all threads

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K

Newsgroups: Ignore or unignore thread

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↑   Shift + K

Newsgroups: Ignore or unignore subthread

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W

Newsgroups: Watch thread

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Ctrl + P

Print message or selected message text

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Ctrl + S

Save message as file

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Ctrl + U

View message source

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Ctrl + A

Select all (messages, text, or attachments)

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + A

Select thread

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F7

Toggle Caret browsing (select text with keyboard)

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Ctrl + C

Copy selected text

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Ctrl + X

Cut selected search text

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Ctrl + V

Paste text into search or filter fields

To select multiple non-adjacent messages (several separate messages), select any message of your intended selection, and then either Ctrl + Click on each message that you want to add to your selection or hold Ctrl while using any of the movement keys listed below and then pressing Space on each message that you want to add to your selection. The movement keys are Up arrow, Down arrow, Page Down, Page Up, End, or Home.
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Ctrl +
+

Drag message to destination folder to copy message to another folder (release mouse button before releasing Ctrl)

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + M

Move/Copy message to previous target folder again

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A

Archive message

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Del

Delete message, folder, attachment, or selected search text

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↑   Shift + Del

Delete message bypassing trash (no undo!)

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Ctrl + Z

Undo

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Ctrl + Y

Redo

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F2

Rename folder

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to 9: Add / remove tag

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0

Remove all tags from message

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M

Mark message as read / unread

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R

Mark thread as read

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↑   Shift + C

Mark all read

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C

Mark as read by date

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J

Mark as junk

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↑   Shift + J

Mark as not junk

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S

Add / remove star

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Ctrl + K

Search all messages (global full text search in all accounts)

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + K

Quick filter (search messages in current folder or view)

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Esc

Clear current quick filter; hide quick filter bar

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + F

Search messages (advanced search in folder)

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Ctrl + F

Find text in current message

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Ctrl + G

Find again in current message

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or F3
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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + G

Find previous in current message

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or ↑   Shift + F3
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Alt + Home

Go to Mail Start Page

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Space

Scroll down current message, then go to next unread message

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F

Go to Next message

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B

Go to Previous message

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N

Go to Next unread message

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P

Go to Previous unread message

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T

Go to next unread thread (and mark current thread as read)

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]

Go to next viewed message

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[

Go to previous viewed message

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Tab

Move to next UI element

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↑   Shift + Tab

Move to previous UI element

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F6

Move to next mail pane

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or Ctrl + F6
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↑   Shift + F6

Move to previous mail pane

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or Ctrl + ↑   Shift + F6
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Ctrl + Tab

Next tab

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or Ctrl + Page Down
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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Tab

Previous tab

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or Ctrl + Page Up
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Ctrl + 1

Mail & newsgroups home tab (tab 1)

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Ctrl + 2

to 8: Go to tab 2 to 8

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Ctrl + 9

Last tab

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + B

Address book

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Ctrl + J

Saved files

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F1

Help

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F8

Toggle message pane

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Alt

Toggle menu bar (if hidden)

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or F10
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Show context menu

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or ↑   Shift + F10
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Win +

Minimize current window

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Ctrl + W

Close window or tab

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Alt + F4

Close window

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Ctrl + F4

Close tab

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + T

Undo close tab (restore and go to most recently closed tab)

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Ctrl + N

New message

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or Ctrl + M
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Ctrl + S

Save draft

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Ctrl + P

Print draft

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Ctrl + ⤶ Enter

Send message now

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + ⤶ Enter

Send message later

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F9

Toggle contacts sidebar

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F6

Move to next main UI element

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or Ctrl + F6
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or Ctrl + Tab
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↑   Shift + F6

Move to previous main UI element

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or Ctrl + ↑   Shift + F6
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or Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Tab
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Ctrl + +

Zoom in

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or Ctrl + =
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or Ctrl +
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Ctrl + -

Zoom out

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or Ctrl +
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Ctrl + 0

Reset zoom

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Ctrl + 1

Show main mail window (Mail & Newsgroups)

Most of the common keyboard shortcuts for controlling a Thunderbird window can also be used in the compose window.
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Ctrl + C

Copy

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Ctrl + X

Cut

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Ctrl + V

Paste

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + O

Paste as quotation

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Ctrl + R

Rewrap message text

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Del

Delete selected text, attachment, table cell contents or table

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Ctrl + Del

Delete word to the right

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Ctrl + Backspace

Delete word to the left

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Ctrl + A

Select all (text in a message, or attachments)

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Ctrl +

(to cell) Select table cell

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+

Drag mouse across cells of rows or columns to select table rows or columns

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Ctrl +

(on table border) Select table

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Ctrl + K

Insert link

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + K

Discontinue link or remove links from selection

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + R

Remove named anchors

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Ctrl + Z

Undo

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Ctrl + Y

Redo

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Ctrl + F

Find and replace text in current message

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or Ctrl + H
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Ctrl + G

Find again in current message

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or F3
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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + G

Find previous in current message

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or ↑   Shift + F3
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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + P

Check spelling

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + A

Attach file

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F2

Rename attachment

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Ctrl + +

Larger font size

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or Ctrl + >
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or Ctrl + ,
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Ctrl + -

Smaller font size

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or Ctrl + <
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or Ctrl + .
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Ctrl + B

Text style bold

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Ctrl + I

Text style italic

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Y

Discontinue or remove text styles

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or Ctrl + Space
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Ctrl + ]

Increase indent

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Ctrl + [

Decrease indent

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Ctrl + N

New address book contact

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Ctrl + M

Write new message to selected contacts

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Ctrl + F

Address book quick filter

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + F

Address book advanced search

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Ctrl + I

Edit properties of selected contact or address book

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Ctrl + A

Select all (contacts or search text)

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Ctrl + P

Print selected contacts

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Ctrl + 1

Show main mail window (Mail & Newsgroups)

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F11

Show or hide Today pane

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + C

Calendar tab

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + D

Tasks tab

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Ctrl + 1

Mail & newsgroups home tab (tab 1)

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Ctrl + I

New event

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Ctrl + D

New task

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Esc

Clear current Events filter

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Alt + End

Go to Today

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Alt + 1

Day view

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Alt + 2

Week view

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Alt + 3

Multiweek view

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Alt + 4

Month view

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + K

Filter tasks

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Esc

Clear current tasks filter

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Ctrl + C

Copy (selected events, tasks or text)

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Ctrl + X

Cut (selected events, tasks or text)

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Ctrl + V

Paste

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Ctrl + Z

Undo

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Ctrl + Y

Redo

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Ctrl + P

Print


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Program information

Program name: Mozilla Thunderbird Mozilla Thunderbird (General)

Thunderbird is free, cross-platform, easy to use email client from Mozilla.

Web page: mozilla.org/thunderbird

Last update: 1/21/2020 10:43 AM UTC

How easy to press shortcuts: 84%

More information >>

Updated: Updated program information. (2 updates.) 1/21/2020 11:36:28 AM Added some shortcuts.
1/21/2020 11:42:20 AM Updated program information.

Shortcut count: 184

Platform detected: Windows or Linux (not macOS)

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Bnfire says: 3 years ago 3/15/2019 12:49 PM
Is there a keyboard hotkey for opening attachments? Is there a hot key for finding open attachments? Is there an a way to get these shortcuts? Needed for blind user. TIA

DeafBlindSupport says in reply to Bnfire : 24 months ago 10/1/2019 9:12 PM
This is how we do it: ALT-M (message menu), H (attachments)

CP says: 3 years ago 3/6/2019 1:47 PM
What;s the shortcut for minimize ThunderBird???

Ecogit says: 3 years ago 6/8/2018 11:54 PM
Thanks a lot Zeynel, thanks to your handy list I'm now learning additional ones.

p.s. Also practical are the shortcuts from plugin https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/nostalgy, such as L for toggle folder pane or G for searching folder

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk Admin says in reply to defkey.com : 17 months ago 4/21/2020 9:00 AM
I have added Nostalgy, maybe 2 years late though ;)

https://defkey.com/nostalgy-thunderbird-shortcuts