Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Thunderbird - cannot search mail

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Israel
    Beans
    1,953

    Question Thunderbird - cannot search mail

    I have a Gmail account working with Thunderbird.
    The problem is that I cannot search "words" in my emails, I am able to do so when I login to the "regular" "browser" Gmail, but not in Thunderbird.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Beans
    313

    Re: Thunderbird - cannot search mail

    If I understand you correctly, you want to search for some text in the body of an email?

    1) Open Thunderbird
    2) Edit -> Find -> Search Messages
    2a) or you can right-click on any of your email folders and choose Search... (right-click Local Folders to search them all)
    3) In the Search Messages dialog, you want to change the default (Subject contains _) to Body contains _ and type in the search term you are looking for.

    Thunderbird should then find any email you have that contains that text.
    If the advice you're given in this forum solves your issue, please mark the post as [SOLVED] in consideration to others.
    Registered Linux User: 448689 | How To: Secure the GRUB Boot Loader
    [ Acer Aspire 5535 | Arch Linux x86_64 | Compiz WM ]

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Israel
    Beans
    1,953

    Re: Thunderbird - cannot search mail

    Thanks
    I just never changed to "body contains" ... never noticed that.

    Now the problem is solved, thanks again.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Beans
    202
    Distro
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Thunderbird - cannot search mail

    Quote Originally Posted by munkyeetr View Post
    If I understand you correctly, you want to search for some text in the body of an email?

    1) Open Thunderbird
    2) Edit -> Find -> Search Messages
    2a) or you can right-click on any of your email folders and choose Search... (right-click Local Folders to search them all)
    3) In the Search Messages dialog, you want to change the default (Subject contains _) to Body contains _ and type in the search term you are looking for.

    Thunderbird should then find any email you have that contains that text.
    The fastest way is to click the dropdown arrow on the seach box at the upper right corner (inbox view) and change it to "Entire Message". T

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Beans
    3

    Re: Thunderbird - cannot search mail

    Quote Originally Posted by brownknight View Post
    The fastest way is to click the dropdown arrow on the seach box at the upper right corner (inbox view) and change it to "Entire Message". T
    Okay, well this method works okay, but the "proper" search method fails miserably, there are loads of results in google about this; only one of those results got me here!

    The search interface looks very good, pity it doesn't work!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Beans
    3

    Re: Thunderbird - cannot search mail

    I did a clean of dovecot files for my IMAP folder on the server and then got TB to download all the messages again whilst dovecot rebuilt it's files.

    Now the search seems to be working. Not sure where the fault is, but if TB relies on the IMAP server for searching, then that still sucks; if it doesn't, then TB needs a way to rebuild all it's own indexes without re-downloading all the messages again.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •