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sludge7071-g
 
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Post Posted February 7th, 2020, 6:43 am

I'm using the latest, 68.4.2

In the left pane of Global Search, the only filters are . . . From Me . . . To me
a.) I don't have any drop-down menus to change anything
b.) Where are all the other fields? The help page shows them.

Also:
if I use Quick Filter on the e-mail folder I know, and can see, that something is located in, it finds the word
if I use Global Filter, it doesn't find anything

I did:
Right click folder / General information tab / Properties / Repair folder . . . for Inbox and Trash
My search results were in Trash, so, this was not the fix

I also previously deleted . . . global-messages-db.sqlite

Could there be one button you press, to fix all possible corruptions? It's kind of complicated as is. And takes a lot of time, if you have 5 e-mails.

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TB is really good for pulling in multiple e-mails, with the Unified Inbox, but managing e-mails is another story.

I determined to just save what I need as .html, and delete everything monthly.

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Saving e-mails was even kind of a pain, because it defaults to .eml, and the text is really small.

Below is a BAT file I made with NirCmd. I put the button in my Taskbar. Just click that, and type in the day, like "07" / Enter, and it puts it on my Desktop.

I have another macro for "Sent" . . . the macro only works on the Root "Inbox" or "Sent" folder, otherwise, it doesn't do anything, because it can't find what it's looking for.

0xBD is the Virtual Key Code for a hypen

Then, Windows Indexing can be used.

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@ECHO OFF

nircmd.exe win activate ititle "Inbox - Unified Folders - Mozilla Thunderbird"
nircmd.exe win max ititle "Inbox - Unified Folders - Mozilla Thunderbird"

nircmd.exe sendkeypress Ctrl+S

nircmd.exe sendkeypress End
nircmd.exe sendkeypress Backspace Backspace Backspace

nircmd.exe sendkeypress h
nircmd.exe sendkeypress t
nircmd.exe sendkeypress m
nircmd.exe sendkeypress l

nircmd.exe sendkeypress Home

nircmd.exe sendkeypress 2
nircmd.exe sendkeypress 0
nircmd.exe sendkeypress 0xBD

nircmd.exe sendkeypress 0
nircmd.exe sendkeypress 2
nircmd.exe sendkeypress 0xBD
nircmd.exe sendkeypress Spc

nircmd.exe sendkeypress Left Arrow

EXIT

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sfhowes
 
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Joined: April 1st, 2012, 10:21 am

Post Posted February 7th, 2020, 12:40 pm

Some folders like Trash and Junk are excluded from Global Search by default. To include them, check the box 'Include...' in the folder Properties, then rebuild the index file.

sludge7071-g
 
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Joined: May 9th, 2016, 10:18 am

Post Posted February 7th, 2020, 1:23 pm

All right - some improvement! - Here's what I found:

1.) Right-click the folders, and select to have them included in the Global Search

The only ones I had to do this with were: Inbox, Spam, Trash

2.) Now, re-index everything:

Menu / Help / Troubleshooting Information / Profile Folder - Open Folder

delete . . . global-messages-db.sqlite

This forces TB to re-index everything again

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In the left pane, though, I don't think I'm seeing everything, still:

Filters - from me, to me

People - a couple of lines, the total of emails with my query . . . this is new

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Compared to what you see on this page: Filters, Folder, People, Account

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/global-search

If I search for the word "the", then I see: Filters, People, Folder, Account . . . the order is now different?

Is it simplifying it for you, as in my initial search?

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sfhowes
 
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Joined: April 1st, 2012, 10:21 am

Post Posted February 7th, 2020, 5:37 pm

Don't know why the left pane of Global Search doesn't show all the filters; maybe try safe mode to test if the layout is broken. But if you are searching a specific folder, Global Search is probably less effective than Classic Search (Ctrl+Shift+F) or the Quick Filter Bar.

sludge7071-g
 
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Post Posted February 7th, 2020, 9:28 pm

Thx!

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