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shimself
 
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Post Posted May 15th, 2016, 1:20 am

I was searching my messages (Cntrl+K search) for a very short string, just 2 characters

No messages match your search
it says

Actually there are plenty of matching messages, presumably the problem is that there is a minimum length. Couldn't the results message say so?

That's it

tanstaafl
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Post Posted May 15th, 2016, 1:07 pm

You're using global search, whose user interface badly needs improving. It seems to have a minimum length of 3 characters. I agree it should tell you that, but Thunderbird has numerous features such as detecting email scams that IMHO are only half-way implemented.

The quick filter bar (Control+Shift+K) or edit -> find -> search messages (Ctrl+Shift+F) don't have a minimum length.

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Post Posted May 16th, 2016, 5:28 am

tanstaafl wrote:You're using global search, whose user interface badly needs improving. It seems to have a minimum length of 3 characters. I agree it should tell you that, but Thunderbird has numerous features such as detecting email scams that IMHO are only half-way implemented.

The quick filter bar (Control+Shift+K) or edit -> find -> search messages (Ctrl+Shift+F) don't have a minimum length.


Cntrl-Shift-F says nothing found in body which isn't true. Quick filter does work correctly, albeit somewhat slowly. No matter, thanks for the support

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Post Posted May 16th, 2016, 8:06 am

It is correct that minimum search length for global search is 3 characters, for performance reasons. (And I believe statistically words/strings of 1-2 characters tend to be insignificant.)

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