200+ Thunderbird Shortcut Keys Download in PDF and Excel File

What use does the software Thunderbird serve?

For managing email, news feeds, chat, and news groups, use Thunderbird, a free, open-source, cross-platform program. It is a robust yet user-friendly local email application rather than a browser- or web-based one.

Thunderbird: Is it a free program?

A free email program with a lot of amazing features, Thunderbird is simple to set up and configure.

Thunderbird was made by whom?

Internet Explorer

The Mozilla Application Suite is the ancestor of Mozilla Firefox, a free and open-source web browser operated by the Mozilla Corporation.

One of the projects created by Mozilla Firefox is Thunderbird, which allows users to access email in a secure, quick, and simple manner. Intelligent spam filters, robust search, and customizable views are all features of the Thunderbird email client.

The software’s goal

“To develop Internet communications software based on the Thunderbird product, code, and brand” was the stated goal of this project those who stand to gain from it

Everyone can personalize their email with the thunderbird program. This software can be quite useful for working people and students who receive a lot of emails every day. For example, they can create categories for critical emails from a certain individual.

Version 1.0, which was released on December 7, 2004, saw over 500,000 downloads in the first three days and 1,000,000 in the next ten.


  • Migration Assistant: aids in customizing Thunderbird’s settings.
  • Prior to this capability, you had to be familiar with your IMAP, SMTP, and SSL/TLS settings.
  • One-click Address Book: This method of adding contacts to your address book is quick and simple.
  • Attachment Reminder: scan your letter for the phrase attachment in the body and urges you to attach a file before hitting send.
  • Activity Manager keeps a comprehensive log of all communications made between Thunderbird and your email provider.

Thunderbird or Gmail, which is superior?

The go-to option for free email has evolved into Google’s Gmail. However, according to Bill Snyder of CIO.com, the most recent version of Mozilla Thunderbird is far better at managing your disorganized inbox.

The project was first introduced as Minotaur not long after Phoenix (the initial name for Mozilla Firefox), but it never really took off. The development of Minotaur was resumed under the new name of Thunderbird and moved to the new toolkit created by the Firefox team as a result of the increased demand for a mail client to go along with Firefox.

If you’re looking for a powerful, adaptable, and effective email client, Thunderbird is a fantastic choice. Email addresses and email transmission services are not offered by Thunderbird. You may send, receive, sort, and search your email messages when your existing email address is synced, though.

Below we have to include keyboard shortcuts for all applications covered in the app-specific areas in thunderbird software, Here are the keyboard shortcut for frequently-used features in Thunderbird, and also you can download the shortcut keys at the end of the article by clicking the download button in both PDF & Excel File

Thunderbird Shortcut Keys List

Message Function

New messageCtrl + N/ Ctrl + M
Reply to Message (sender only)Ctrl + R
Reply to All in Message (sender and all recipients)Ctrl + Shift + R
Reply to ListCtrl + Shift + L
Forward MessageCtrl + L
Edit Message as NewCtrl + E
Starting 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.

Receiving and reading messages:-

Get New Messages for Current AccountF5
Get New Messages for All AccountsShift + F5
Open message (in new window or tab)Ctrl + O / Enter
Open message or folder in a new tab in the backgroundMiddle-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 foregroundShift + 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 the message in the conversationCtrl + Shift + O
Zoom InCtrl + + or Ctrl + = or Ctrl + scroll wheel up
Zoom OutCtrl + –   Ctrl + scroll wheel down
Reset ZoomCtrl + 0 (zero)
Expand Collapsed Thread
Collapse Expanded Thread
Expand All Threads*
Collapse All Threads\
Newsgroups: Ignore or Unignore ThreadK
Newsgroups: Ignore or Unignore SubthreadShift + K
Newsgroups: Watch ThreadW

Managing your messages:-

Print message or selected message textCTRL + P
Save Message as FileCTRL + S
View Message SourceCTRL+ U
Select All (messages, text, or attachments)CTRL+ A
Select ThreadCtrl + Shift + A
Toggle Caret browsing (select text with keyboard)F7
Copy selected textCtrl + C
Cut selected search textCtrl + X
Paste the text into search or filter fieldsCtrl + V
Select multiple adjacent messages (a continuous set of messages)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 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,
Copy message to another folderHold Ctrl while dragging message to destination folder (release the mouse button before releasing Ctrl).
Move message to another folderDrag message to the destination folder.
Move/Copy message to previous target folder AgainCtrl + Shift + M
Archive MessageA
Delete message, folder, attachment, or selected search textDel
Delete message bypassing trash (no Undo!)Shift + Del
UndoCtrl + Z
RedoCtrl + Y
Rename FolderF2

Tagging and marking your messages:-

Add/Remove Tag1 to 9
Remove All Tags from Message0 (zero)
Mark Message as reading/UnreadM
Mark Thread as ReadR
Mark All ReadShift + C
Mark as Read By DateC
Mark as JunkJ
Mark as Not JunkShift + J
Add/Remove StarS

Search and filter functions

Search All Messages (global full-text search in all accounts)Ctrl + K
Quick Filter (search messages in current folder or view)Ctrl + Shift + K
Clear current Quick Filter; hide Quick Filter BarEsc (as often as needed)
Search Messages (advanced search in a folder)Ctrl + Shift + F

Finding text in the current message:-

Find Text in Current MessageCtrl + F
Find Again in Current MessageCtrl F3 + G
Find Previous in Current MessageCtrl + Shift + G / Shift + F3

Moving around Thunderbird

Go to Mail Start PageAlt + Home
Scroll Down Current Message, then Go to Next Unread MessageSpace
Go to Next MessageF
Go to Previous MessageB
Go to Next Unread MessageN
Go to Previous Unread MessageP
Go to Next Unread Thread (and mark a current thread as read)T
Go to Next Viewed Message]
Go to Previous Viewed Message[

Controlling Thunderbird windows and tabs:-

Move to Next UI ElementTab
Move to Previous UI ElementShift + Tab
Move to Next Mail PaneF6 or Ctrl + F6
Move to Previous Mail PaneShift + F6 / Ctrl + Shift + F6
Next TabCtrl + Page Down / Ctrl + Tab
Previous TabCtrl + Shift + Tab / Ctrl + Page Up
Mail & Newsgroups Home Tab (Tab 1)Ctrl + 1
Tab 2 to 8Ctrl + 2to8
Last TabCtrl + 9
Address BookCtrl + Shift + B
Saved FilesCtrl + J
Developer ToolsCtrl + Shift + I
Toggle Message PaneF8
Toggle Menu Bar (if hidden)Alt F10
Show context menuMenu key Shift + F10
Minimize current windowWin + ↓
Close window or tabCTRL + W Alt + F4 (only for closing a window} Ctrl + F4 (only for closing a tab)
Undo close tab (restore and go to most recently closed tab)Ctrl + Shift + T
Quit Thunderbird (Exit Application)File, Exit

Writing messages

New message (see Starting a new message)Ctrl + N / Ctrl + M
Save DraftCtrl + S
Print DraftCtrl + P
Send Message NowCtrl + Enter
Send Message LaterCtrl + Shift + Enter

Controlling the compose window:-

Toggle Contacts SidebarF9
Move to the next main UI elementF6 / Ctrl + F6/Ctrl + Tab
Move to the previous main UI elementShift + F6 / Ctrl + Shift + F6/ Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Zoom InCtrl + + / Ctrl + = / Ctrl + scroll wheel up
Zoom OutCtrl + – / Ctrl + scroll wheel down
Reset ZoomCtrl + 0 (zero)
Toggle Attachment PaneAlt + M   New in TB 60
Show Main Mail Window (Mail & Newsgroups)Ctrl + 1

Editing the message text and handling attachments:-

CopyCtrl + C
CutCtrl + X
PasteCtrl + V
Paste as quotationCtrl + Shift + O
Paste without formattingCtrl + Shift + V
Rewrap message textCtrl + R
Delete selected text, attachment, table cell contents, or tableDel
Delete the word to the right (from the cursor to end of a word)Ctrl + Del
Delete the word to the left (from the cursor to start of the word)Ctrl + Backspace
Select All (text in a message, or attachments)Ctrl + A
Select Table CellCtrl + Click within cell
Select Table Rows or ColumnsDrag across cells of rows or columns
Select TableCtrl + Click on table border
Insert LinkCtrl + K
Discontinue Link, or Remove Links from the selectionCtrl + Shift + K
Remove Named AnchorsCtrl + Shift + R
UndoCtrl + Z
RedoCtrl + Y
Find and Replace Text in Current MessageCtrl + H
Find Again in Current MessageCtrl + G / F3
Find Previous in Current MessageCtrl + Shift + G / Shift + F3
Check SpellingCtrl + Shift + P
Attach FileCtrl + Shift + A
Rename AttachmentF2
Reorder AttachmentsAlt + X   New in TB 60
Insert a line break instead of a new paragraphShift + Enter (Enter inserts a paragraph break in paragraph format mode.)

Reorder Attachments:-

Move to TopAlt + Home
Move UpAlt + Up
Move togetherAlt + Left
Move DownAlt + Down
Move to BottomAlt + End
Sort (All attachments or selected attachments)Alt + Y

Styling the message text:-

Larger Font SizeCtrl + > / Ctrl + .
Smaller Font SizeCtrl + < / Ctrl + ,
Text Style BoldCtrl + B
Text Style ItalicsCtrl + I
Text Style UnderlineCtrl + U
Text Style “<tt>Fixed Width</tt>”Ctrl + T
Discontinue or Remove Text StylesCtrl + Shift + Y / Ctrl + Space
Increase IndentCtrl + ]
Decrease IndentCtrl + [

Address Book

New Address Book ContactCtrl + N
Write new message to selected contact(s)Ctrl + M
Addressbook Quick FilterCtrl + F
Addressbook Advanced SearchCtrl + Shift + F
Edit Properties of selected contact or address bookCtrl + I
Select all (contacts, or search text)Ctrl + A
Print selected contactsCtrl + P
Delete (selected text, contact, or address book)Del
Show Main Mail Window (Mail & Newsgroups)Ctrl + 1

Lightning (Calendar Add-on)

Show or hide Today PaneF11
Calendar tabCtrl + Shift + C
Tasks tabCtrl + Shift + D
Mail & Newsgroups Home Tab (Tab 1)Ctrl + 1
New EventCtrl + I
New TaskCtrl + D

Calendar Tab:-

Show Events Filter barEvents and Tasks ⌈ Find Events
Filter Events(Bug 449018)
Clear current Events FilterEsc
Go to TodayAlt + End
Day ViewAlt + 1
Week ViewAlt + 2
Multiweek ViewAlt + 3
Month ViewAlt + 4

Tasks Tab:-

Filter TasksCtrl + Shift + K
Clear current Tasks FilterEsc

General Functions:-

Copy (selected events, tasks, or text)Ctrl + C
Cut (selected events, tasks, or text)Ctrl + X
PasteCtrl + V
Delete (selected events, tasks, or text)Del
UndoCtrl + Z
RedoCtrl + Y
PrintCtrl + P

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