Office 365 (Thunderbird) - Keyboard Shortcuts

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This document will provide you common keyboard shortcuts. Please note in Windows you hold the Control key but on a Mac you hold the Command (Apple) key.

General keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutAction
Ctrl+NCreates a new message
TabMoves to next area or item.
Up arrowMoves up in list, or scrolls up in window.
Down arrowMoves down in list, or scrolls down in window.
EnterSelects highlighted option. When a message, calendar item, contact, or task is selected, opens the selected item in a new window.
Context menu keyEquivalent to right-clicking a selection. Found to the right of the spacebar on Windows-compatible keyboards.
Ctrl+QQuits Thunderbird

Keyboard shortcuts for the folder list:

Keyboard shortcutAction
Right arrowExpands the selected folder.
Left arrowCollapses the selected folder.
Up arrowMoves up in the folder list.
Down arrowMoves down in the folder list.

Keyboard shortcuts for the message list:

Keyboard shortcutAction
Delete or Ctrl+DDeletes the selected message.
Shift+DeletePermanently deletes the selected message.
Up arrowSelects the previous message in the list.
Down arrowSelects the next message in the list.
Shift+Up arrowSelects the current and previous messages in the list. Use to select multiple contiguous messages.
Shift+Down arrowSelects the current and next messages in the list. Use to select multiple contiguous messages.
Home or Ctrl+HomeSelects the first message in the folder.
End or Ctrl+EndSelects the last message in the folder.
Page upFor message lists of two or more pages, selects the first message on the previous page.
Page downFor message lists of two or more pages, selects the first message on the next page.

Keyboard shortcuts for the reading pane:
Keyboard shortcutAction
Ctrl+NCreates a new message.
Ctrl+RReplies to the selected message.
Ctrl+FOpens a search box on the bottom of the message
Delete or Ctrl+DDeletes the selected message.
Shift+DeletePermanently deletes the selected message.
Home or Ctrl+HomeGoes to the top of the conversation or message.
End or Ctrl+EndGoes to the bottom of the conversation or message.
Page upFor conversations or messages of two or more pages, moves up one page.
Page downFor conversations or messages of two or more pages, moves down one page.
Up arrowScrolls up.
Down arrowScrolls down.


Keyboard shortcuts for text editing:
Keyboard shortcutAction
BackspaceDeletes the selection or the characters to the left of the cursor.
Ctrl+BackspaceDeletes the word to the left of the cursor, but not the space before the word.
Ctrl+CCopies the selection to the Clipboard.
Ctrl+VPastes the contents of the Clipboard into the current location.
Ctrl+XCuts the selection to the Clipboard.
DeleteDeletes the selection without copying it to the Clipboard.
InsertToggles between inserting and overwriting text.
Ctrl+ZReverses the most recent action.
Ctrl+YRepeats the most recent action.
Ctrl+LDisplays the hyperlink text dialog box.

Keyboard shortcuts for text formatting:
Keyboard shortcutAction
Ctrl+BToggles bold formatting.
Ctrl+IToggles italic formatting.
Ctrl+UToggles underlining.





Keywords:microsoft office365 o365 thunderbird help tasks overview calendar mail contacts people keyboard shortcuts   Doc ID:39685
Owner:Leah S.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2014-04-30 16:05 CDTUpdated:2015-09-11 12:44 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Office 365
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