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How do you delete a message from Thunderbird search results?

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When I do a search in Thunderbird, the only options I appear to have are to filter the result by senders, folders, & accounts.  

What do I do to select one or more of the resulting message & delete them from the search results?  I can't find any way to select a message or two, nor any way to command it to delete something from the search results window.
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by:ElrondCT
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There is a wide variety of filtering available through Edit / Find / Search Messages (Ctrl+Shift+F). You can filter by subject, from, to, cc, date, attachment status, body text, and more. You can select multiple messages from the list, but to my knowledge there's no way to delete messages from the results list without also deleting the underlying message from the email folder. You can, however, open to view the multiple messages you select.

If that doesn't allow you to view/work with the subset you want, why do you want to remove messages from the search results?
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by:leslieinva
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How do you select messages from the results list?  If I click them, they open in another tab, but I don't want them to open, I just want to select them.

I do want to delete the messages I select, completely delete them from my computer, that means from any folder they are found.

I want to remove message from the search list so my searches will stop retrieving messages I know I don't need, like those from vendors with coupons that have expired.

Does that make sense?
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by:ElrondCT
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A double-click should open them; a single click should select, and holding down Ctrl+click will select multiple (or Shift+click to select a series from the previous message selected), just like standard Windows lists. If you then click the Delete button at the bottom of the window, the messages will be moved to Trash.

If a single click is opening the message, then something nonstandard is going on.
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by:leslieinva
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On my Mac running Lion, a single click opens a message in the search results.
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by:ElrondCT
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It would seem the Mac handles things differently. Second option, then: Can you select multiple messages in a regular email folder? If so, then turn your search into a Search Folder. Click on Save as Search Folder at the bottom of the window (after you've created a search), and choose the folders to search (it doesn't automatically search any folders when a Search Folder is created). You then get a Search Folder that lists all the matching messages, and you can view or delete them at will.
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by:leslieinva
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I can select multiple messages in folders, but there is no Save as Search Folder or Save As options like that either at the bottom of the window after I do a search.  Are you talking about Thunderbird v.17?
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ElrondCT earned 500 total points
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I'm using TB v17.0.6. I'm on Windows, but I think the interface is pretty much the same across platforms. Attached are a couple of screenshots to show what I'm trying to point to:

To get to the search command:
 Search command menu prompts
To create a search folder:
Create search folder
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by:leslieinva
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The screen shots mad all the difference - I didn't know you had to use the Edit > Find > Search Messages to get this window. I've always used search box on the upper right which doesn't provide you with the window pictured here.  Thanks!
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I guess my initial reference to Edit / Find / Search Messages wasn't obvious enough; I should have clarified that I was referring to menu actions. But I had a sense from the way you were talking that you weren't getting to where I was. I'm glad the picture was worth a thousand words...
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by:leslieinva
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I know you meant menus, but I never suspected there was a different result from using the menus versus the search box. Thanks again!
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