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Find emails in SeaMonkey Mail: Search Bar, Views, and Message Search

SeaMonkey Mail comes with three tools that allow you to search and filter your emails: the Search Bar, the Views, and the Find Tool - all explained in this tutorial. The advantages of the search bar is that you don't have to leave your inbox / current email folder - SeaMonkey will start filtering emails on-the-fly, based on what you type, or based on the view you picked. The disadvantages are that you cannot search in multiple folders at the same time, and that you can only filter by subject line (email title) or sender, or by an existing view (but as you'll see in this tutorial, you can create your own, custom views!) The advanced find tool is much more flexible and extremely powerful, but less "instant" and less straightforward. On this page: Search Bar | Quick Views | Find Tool.

Tip: it is worth learning how to use these tools beyond the obvious, built-in functionality, since you will likely perform the same (type of) searches regularly. Taking once the time to create a custom view or save an advanced find operation as a search folder will save you enormous time in the future!

If you don't see the search bar, go to View > Show/Hide > Search Bar. Here's a screenshot of the search box you'll see on the right of SeaMonkey Mail's main window:

SeaMonkey Mail Search Bar
Click in the text field, type a portion of text, and SeaMonkey will filter the current folder to show only messages that contain these consecutive characters in either the subject line or the address fields. No need to hit Enter / Return: within a second of the last character you typed, the incremental search will start; keep typing to narrow down your criteria. Hit the escape key ("Esc") to clear the search box and show all emails in that folder.

Note: clicking the "Advanced" button opens the advanced find tool, described in the last section of this tutorial (exact same result as going to Tools > Search Messages).

Quick Views (Filters)

If it is hidden, show the search bar by going to View > Show/Hide > Search Bar. On the left side, you'll see a dropdown menu that looks like this:

Quick views filters in SeaMonkey Mail

The Find Tool ("Search Messages")

For cross-folders and more advanced searches, use instead the find tool: either click on the "Advanced" button in the Search Bar, or go to Tool > Search Messages (or use the Ctrl+Shift+S keyboard shortcut). Here's the blank Search Messages window:

Find email messages with SeaMonkey's advanced search tool

Side info: the Tool > Search Addresses command lets you lookup contacts by email address, name, or any other piece of data in a contact's profile (in the SeaMonkey address book).

Caution: while the search folder itself is virtual, it contains references to the actual messages from your other folders. Deleting a message from a search folder will delete the actual email - both its representation inside the search folder, and the "real" message, wherever else it might be.

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Tutorial last updated on June 3, 2012
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