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This table will include keyboard shortcuts for all applications covered in the app-specific areas. It will be in one file, with the visibility of columns controlled via platform-specific CSS. This is technically doable, but it may require a little extra hacking, because we unfortunately can't set display: none on table columns (the W3-specified way is visibility: collapse, with collapse being the only recognized value for the property).




This is a list of the keyboard shortcuts in Thunderbird and other applications.

The keyboard shortcut modifiers aren't exactly specified as Control, Shift, Alt, etc. in the app. The specification is actually something like:

  • META - corresponds to Ctrl on Win/Linux, Cmd on Mac
  • ALT - Alt on Win/Linux, Opt on Mac
  • CONTROL - Ctrl on all platforms
  • SHIFT - Shift on all platforms
  • RETURN - Enter on Win/Linux, Return on Mac

This makes things somewhat complicated, but overall it's not as bad as one would think. This also lets us make things look good on all platforms by using the proper terminology.

<thead> </thead> <tbody> </tbody>
Command Thunderbird Outlook Express Evolution KMail Mail.app
New Message SHIFT+META+M ? ? ? META+N
Address Book META+2 ? ? ? ALT+META+A
Caret Browsing F7 Feature Not Available ? ? ?
Close Window META+W ? ? ? META+W
Collapse All Threads \ Feature Not Available ? ? ?
Copy META+C META+C
? ? META+C
Cut META+X META+X
? ? META+X
Delete Del Del ? ? ?
Edit Message As New META+E Feature Not Available
? ? ?
Exit or Quit
META+Q META+Q
? ? META+Q
Expand All Threads * Feature Not Available ? ? ?
Focus the "Quick Search" (?) textbox META+K Feature Not Available Feature Not Available Feature Not Available Feature Not Available
Find Again F3
META+G
F3
? ? META+G
Find Link As You Type ' Feature Not Available ? ? ?
Find Previous SHIFT+META+G ? ? ? ?
Find Text in this Message META+F ? ? ? ?
Forward Message
META+L META+F
? ? SHIFT+META+F
Get All New Messages SHIFT+META+T ? ? ? ?
Go to Next Message F META+> ? ? ?
Go to Next Unread Message N META+U ? ? ?
Go to Next Unread Thread T META+SHIFT+U ? ? ?
Go to Previous Message B META+< ? ? ?
Go to Previous Unread Message P Feature Not Available ? ? ?
Help META+? ? ? ? META+?
Mark All Read Ctrl+Shift+C Ctrl+Shift+A ? ? ?
Mark Message as Read/Unread M Ctrl+Q ? ? ?
Mark Thread as Read R Ctrl+T ? ? ?
Message Source META+U Feature Not Available ? ? ?
Minimize META+M ? ? ? META+M
Move to Next Mail Pane F6 Tab ? ? ?
New Message Ctrl+M Ctrl+N ? ? ?
Open Message (in new window) META+O META+O ? ? META+O
Paste META+V META+V ? ? META+V
Print META+P META+P ? ? META+P
Redo SHIFT+META+Z META+Y ? ? SHIFT+META+Z
Reply to All in Message (all recipients) SHIFT+META+R META+SHIFT+R ? ? SHIFT+META+R
Reply to Message (sender only) META+R META+R ? ? META+R
Save Message as File META+S ? ? ? ?
Search Messages SHIFT+META+F META+SHIFT+F ? ? ?
Select All META+A META+A ? ? META+A
Select Thread SHIFT+META+A ? ? ? ?
Send Message Later CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER
? ? ?
Send Message Now CTRL+ENTER CTRL+ENTER
Alt+S
? ? META+SHIFT+D
Stop Esc Esc ? ? META+.
Text Size Decrease META+- ? ? ? ?
Text Size Increase META+= ? ? ? ?
Text Size Normal META+0 ? ? ? ?
Undo META+Z META+Z
? ? META+Z