Top 200 Thunderbird Shortcut Keys (Excel-PDF)

Thunderbird, as we all know, is an open source email client. And is now used by a large number of corporations. So, in terms of improving your experience with this software, we have provided some commonly used shortcut keys that will assist you in improving your workflow. You can also download Excel or PDF files for future reference by clicking the download icon below.

Thunderbird Shortcut Keys List

Message Function

Tagging and marking your messages:-

1 to 9 Add/Remove Tag
0 (zero) 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

Managing your messages:-

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
Select the first message of your intended selection, and then either Shift + Click on the last message of your selection,or hold Shift while using any of the following movement keys to expand your selection: ↓, ↑, Page Down, Page Up, End, or Home. Select multiple adjacent messages (a continuous set of messages)
Select any message of your intended selection, and then either Ctrl + Click on each message that you want to add to your selection, Select multiple non-adjacent messages (several separate messages)
Hold Ctrl while dragging message to destination folder (release mouse button before releasing Ctrl). Copy message to another folder
Drag message to destination folder. Move message to another folder
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

Receiving and reading messages:-

F5 Get New Messages for Current Account
Shift + F5 Get New Messages for All Accounts
Ctrl + O / Enter Open message (in new window or tab)
Middle-click the message or folder, or Right-click the message or folder, then choose Open Message in New Tab or Open in New Tab from the context menu Open message or folder in a new tab in the background
Shift + Middle-click the message or folder, or Right-click the message or folder, then hold Shift while choosing Open Message in New Tab or Open in New Tab from the context m Open message or folder in a new tab in the foreground
Ctrl + Shift + O Open message in conversation
Ctrl + + or Ctrl + = or Ctrl + scroll wheel up Zoom In
Ctrl + –   Ctrl + scroll wheel down Zoom Out
Ctrl + 0 (zero) 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

Starting a new message:-

Ctrl + N/ Ctrl + M New message
Ctrl + R Reply to Message (sender only)
Ctrl + Shift + R Reply to All in Message (sender and all recipients)
Ctrl + Shift + L Reply to List
Ctrl + L Forward Message
Ctrl + E Edit Message as New
Hold Shift while clicking any one of these buttons: Write, Reply, Reply All, Reply List, or Forward Starting a new message in non-default format (Plain text vs. HTML)
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.

Search and filter functions

Finding text in the current message:-

Ctrl + F Find Text in Current Message
Ctrl F3 + G Find Again in Current Message
Ctrl + Shift + G / Shift + F3 Find Previous in Current Message
Finding messages:-
Ctrl + K Search All Messages (global fulltext search in all accounts)
Ctrl + Shift + K Quick Filter (search messages in current folder or view)
Esc (as often as needed) Clear current Quick Filter; hide Quick Filter Bar
Ctrl + Shift + F Search Messages (advanced search in folder)

Moving around Thunderbird

Controlling Thunderbird windows and tabs :-

Tab Move to Next UI Element
Shift + Tab Move to Previous UI Element
F6 or Ctrl + F6 Move to Next Mail Pane
Shift + F6 / Ctrl + Shift + F6 Move to Previous Mail Pane
Ctrl + Page Down / Ctrl + Tab Next Tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab / Ctrl + Page Up Previous Tab
Ctrl + 1 Mail & Newsgroups Home Tab (Tab 1)
Ctrl + 2to8 Tab 2 to 8
Ctrl + 9 Last Tab
Ctrl + Shift + B Address Book
Ctrl + J Saved Files
F1 Help
Ctrl + Shift + I Developer Tools
F8 Toggle Message Pane
Alt F10 Toggle Menu Bar (if hidden)
Menu key Shift + F10 Show context menu
Win + ↓ Minimize current window
CTRL + W Alt + F4 (only for closing a window} Ctrl + F4 (only for closing a tab) Close window or tab
Ctrl + Shift + T Undo close tab (restore and go to most recently closed tab)
File, Exit Quit Thunderbird (Exit Application)

Moving between messages:-

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

Writing messages

Styling the message text:-

Ctrl + > / Ctrl + . Larger Font Size
Ctrl + < / Ctrl + , Smaller Font Size
Ctrl + B Text Style Bold
Ctrl + I Text Style Italics
Ctrl + U Text Style Underline
Ctrl + T Text Style “<tt>Fixed Width</tt>”
Ctrl + Shift + Y / Ctrl + Space Discontinue or Remove Text Styles
Ctrl + ] Increase Indent
Ctrl + [ Decrease Indent

Creating, saving, and sending a message :-

Ctrl + N / Ctrl + M New message (see Starting a new message)
Ctrl + S Save Draft
Ctrl + P Print Draft
Ctrl + Enter Send Message Now
Ctrl + Shift + Enter Send Message Later

Controlling the compose window:-

F9 Toggle Contacts Sidebar
F6 / Ctrl + F6/Ctrl + Tab Move to next main UI element
Shift + F6 / Ctrl + Shift + F6/ Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move to previous main UI element
Ctrl + + / Ctrl + = / Ctrl + scroll wheel up Zoom In
Ctrl + – / Ctrl + scroll wheel down Zoom Out
Ctrl + 0 (zero) Reset Zoom
Alt + M   New in TB 60 Toggle Attachment Pane
Ctrl + 1 Show Main Mail Window (Mail & Newsgroups)

Reorder Attachments:-

Alt + Home Move to Top
Alt + Up Move Up
Alt + Left Move together
Alt + Down Move Down
Alt + End Move to Bottom
Alt + Y Sort (All attachments or selected attachments)

Editing the message text and handling attachments :-

Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Shift + O Paste as quotation
Ctrl + Shift + V Paste without formatting
Ctrl + R Rewrap message text
Del Delete selected text, attachment, table cell contents, or table
Ctrl + Del Delete word to the right (from cursor to end of word)
Ctrl + Backspace Delete word to the left (from cursor to start of word)
Ctrl + A Select All (text in a message, or attachments)
Ctrl + Click within cell Select Table Cell
Drag across cells of rows or columns Select Table Rows or Columns
Ctrl + 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 + H Find and Replace Text in Current Message
Ctrl + G / F3 Find Again in Current Message
Ctrl + Shift + G / Shift + F3 Find Previous in Current Message
Ctrl + Shift + P Check Spelling
Ctrl + Shift + A Attach File
F2 Rename Attachment
Alt + X   New in TB 60 Reorder Attachments
Shift + Enter (Enter inserts a paragraph break in paragraph format mode.) Insert a line break instead of a new paragraph

Address Book

Ctrl + N New Address Book Contact
Ctrl + M Write new message to selected contact(s)
Ctrl + F Addressbook Quick Filter
Ctrl + Shift + F Addressbook 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
Del Delete (selected text, contact, or address book)
Ctrl + 1 Show Main Mail Window (Mail & Newsgroups)


Ctrl + Shift + Del Clear History

Lightning (Calendar Add-on)

Get started:-

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

Calendar Tab:-

Events and Tasks ⌈ Find Events Show Events Filter bar
(Bug 449018) Filter Events
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

Tasks Tab:-

Ctrl + Shift + K Filter Tasks
Esc Clear current Tasks Filter

General Functions:-

Ctrl + C Copy (selected events, tasks, or text)
Ctrl + X Cut (selected events, tasks, or text)
Ctrl + V Paste
Del Delete (selected events, tasks, or text)
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Y Redo
Ctrl + P Print

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