Mozilla Thunderbird keyboard shortcuts

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

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Ctrl + N

New message

or Ctrl + M
Ctrl + R

Reply to message (sender only)

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + R

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

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + L

Reply to list

Ctrl + L

Forward message

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.
F5

Get new messages for current account

↑   Shift + F5

Get new messages for all accounts

Ctrl + O

Open message (in new window or tab)

or ⤶ Enter
Mouse middle click

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

Mouse right click

then hold Shift while choosing: Open Message in New Tab

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + O

Open message in conversation

Ctrl + +

Zoom in

or Ctrl + =
or Ctrl + Mouse wheel up
Ctrl + -

Zoom out

or Ctrl + Mouse wheel down
Ctrl + 0

Reset zoom

Expand collapsed thread

Collapse expanded thread

*

Expand all threads

\

Collapse all threads

K

Newsgroups: Ignore or unignore thread

↑   Shift + K

Newsgroups: Ignore or unignore subthread

W

Newsgroups: Watch thread

Ctrl + P

Print message or selected message text

Ctrl + S

Save message as file

Ctrl + U

View message source

Ctrl + A

Select all (messages, text, or attachments)

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + A

Select thread

F7

Toggle Caret browsing (select text with keyboard)

Ctrl + C

Copy selected text

Ctrl + X

Cut selected search text

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.
Ctrl + Mouse left click + Mouse movement

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

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + M

Move/Copy message to previous target folder again

A

Archive message

Del

Delete message, folder, attachment, or selected search text

↑   Shift + Del

Delete message bypassing trash (no undo!)

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Ctrl + Y

Redo

F2

Rename folder

1

to 9: Add / remove tag

0

Remove all tags from message

M

Mark message as read / unread

R

Mark thread as read

↑   Shift + C

Mark all read

C

Mark as read by date

J

Mark as junk

↑   Shift + J

Mark as not junk

S

Add / remove star

Ctrl + K

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

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + K

Quick filter (search messages in current folder or view)

Esc

Clear current quick filter; hide quick filter bar

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + F

Search messages (advanced search in folder)

Ctrl + F

Find text in current message

Ctrl + G

Find again in current message

or F3
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + G

Find previous in current message

or ↑   Shift + F3
Alt + Home

Go to Mail Start Page

Space

Scroll down current message, then go to next unread message

F

Go to Next message

B

Go to Previous message

N

Go to Next unread message

P

Go to Previous unread message

T

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

]

Go to next viewed message

[

Go to previous viewed message

⭾ Tab

Move to next UI element

↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Move to previous UI element

F6

Move to next mail pane

or Ctrl + F6
↑   Shift + F6

Move to previous mail pane

or Ctrl + ↑   Shift + F6
Ctrl + ⭾ Tab

Next tab

or Ctrl + Page Down
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Previous tab

or Ctrl + Page Up
Ctrl + 1

Mail & newsgroups home tab (tab 1)

Ctrl + 2

to 8: Go to tab 2 to 8

Ctrl + 9

Last tab

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + B

Address book

Ctrl + J

Saved files

F1

Help

F8

Toggle message pane

Alt

Toggle menu bar (if hidden)

or F10
Context menu key

Show context menu

or ↑   Shift + F10
Win +

Minimize current window

Ctrl + W

Close window or tab

Alt + F4

Close window

Ctrl + F4

Close tab

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + T

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

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Ctrl + N

New message

or Ctrl + M
Ctrl + S

Save draft

Ctrl + P

Print draft

Ctrl + ⤶ Enter

Send message now

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + ⤶ Enter

Send message later

F9

Toggle contacts sidebar

F6

Move to next main UI element

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

Move to previous main UI element

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

Zoom in

or Ctrl + =
or Ctrl + Mouse wheel up
Ctrl + -

Zoom out

or Ctrl + Mouse wheel down
Ctrl + 0

Reset zoom

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.
Ctrl + C

Copy

Ctrl + X

Cut

Ctrl + V

Paste

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + O

Paste as quotation

Ctrl + R

Rewrap message text

Del

Delete selected text, attachment, table cell contents or table

Ctrl + Del

Delete word to the right

Ctrl + ⬅ Backspace

Delete word to the left

Ctrl + A

Select all (text in a message, or attachments)

Ctrl + Mouse left click

(to cell) Select table cell

Mouse left click + Mouse movement

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

Ctrl + Mouse left click

(on table border) Select table

Ctrl + K

Insert link

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + K

Discontinue link or remove links from selection

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + R

Remove named anchors

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Ctrl + Y

Redo

Ctrl + F

Find and replace text in current message

or Ctrl + H
Ctrl + G

Find again in current message

or F3
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + G

Find previous in current message

or ↑   Shift + F3
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + P

Check spelling

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + A

Attach file

F2

Rename attachment

Ctrl + +

Larger font size

or Ctrl + >
or Ctrl + ,
Ctrl + -

Smaller font size

or Ctrl + <
or Ctrl + .
Ctrl + B

Text style bold

Ctrl + I

Text style italic

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Y

Discontinue or remove text styles

or Ctrl + Space
Ctrl + ]

Increase indent

Ctrl + [

Decrease indent

Ctrl + N

New address book contact

Ctrl + M

Write new message to selected contacts

Ctrl + F

Address book quick filter

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + F

Address book advanced search

Ctrl + I

Edit properties of selected contact or address book

Ctrl + A

Select all (contacts or search text)

Ctrl + P

Print selected contacts

Ctrl + 1

Show main mail window (Mail & Newsgroups)

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F11

Show or hide Today pane

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + C

Calendar tab

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + D

Tasks tab

Ctrl + 1

Mail & newsgroups home tab (tab 1)

Ctrl + I

New event

Ctrl + D

New task

Esc

Clear current Events filter

Alt + End

Go to Today

Alt + 1

Day view

Alt + 2

Week view

Alt + 3

Multiweek view

Alt + 4

Month view

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Ctrl + ↑   Shift + K

Filter tasks

Esc

Clear current tasks filter

Ctrl + C

Copy (selected events, tasks or text)

Ctrl + X

Cut (selected events, tasks or text)

Ctrl + V

Paste

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Ctrl + Y

Redo

Ctrl + P

Print


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Ecogit says 4 months 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

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