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Making moves
Status: New idea

I think it would be great if Thunderbird (I am on 115.6.0 (64-bit)) displayed keyboard shortcuts for common action on hover.
For example, gnu image manipulation program does it well in my opinion. If you hover over a tool like the "text tool", it shows you that the shortcut is "T".

Example: if I hover over the button for New Message, it should show me the shortcut in a tooltip.
Example 2: In your inbox, there is message unread status. If I hover over it, it says "Message unread status." It could say "Message unread status (M)", because M toggles read/unread.

Reason: I think keyboard shortcuts make it easier to use Thunderbird and it's good if users know them. But it's hard to discover them, so this could help. The webpage that lists them is also kinda hard to read and it just makes more sense to have the shortcuts in the place you actually use them.

Potential problem: Maybe tooltips are useful for accessibility. And displaying the shortcuts may make it less accessible. I don't know much about this, though it feels important to mention.

There is already precedent for this to some degree. The keyboard shortcut ctrl+k is displayed for search. I just think it would be neat if this was expanded 🙂 (although I am aware that this is perhaps a large request which requires some care from the design team to do consistently)

Status changed to: New idea
Community Manager
Community Manager

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Status changed to: New idea
Thunderbird Team
Thunderbird Team

I like the idea. I also like that you are thinking of potential impact to other users.