I tried to find a solution to search for all address headers (to/cc/from) in a simple user friendly way:

Thunderbird: Show mails from sender - easy and fast

Since there was no solution, I think about changing the mail client.

What alternative exist, which can show me all mails related to for example "foo@example.com"?

I think every mail address which gets displayed by the mail client should have a link to a search for all mails related to this address.

I store my mails on a own IMAP server.

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    I don't seem to understand your problem. When I search for an e-mail address with Thunderbird's quick search bar, the search result includes e-mails with that address in the CC field. Sep 6 '15 at 7:12
  • I had quick search disabled before asking this question. Don't ask me why it was disabled. Still I search a way to get a similar result without quick search. I have some huge IMAP folders and indexing them takes very long.
    – guettli
    Sep 7 '15 at 8:51

To find something suitable for you go to this site.

I like Geary best: Geary

To install it go to a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and copy-paste:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install geary

I'm a big fan of gmail. It can handle all your pop mails and as you know, google is pretty good with searches.

(+you don't loose your email when switching computers)

  • Is gmail a native GUI or just a webpage? Can I read mails in gmail while I am offline (not connected to the internet)?
    – guettli
    Aug 7 '15 at 7:04
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    Gmail is a website. However, you can use gmail offline plugin for browsers such as chrome.
    – dorien
    Aug 7 '15 at 17:10

The alternative option would be no alternative.

I'm not aware of a one click option in any other email client. They all require two similar steps to search all emails in all folders, sent to or from a particular email address. For example, in Thunderbird:

  1. Right click on an email address and select "Copy Email Address"
  2. Right click on the [Search... <Ctrl+K>] box search box location select Paste, then Enter or just type CtrlK, CtrlV, and Enter

However, you might not like Thunderbird's default search results view.

Location of "Open email as list"

If you prefer the view when you click on "Open email as list", shown below

List view

then the best solution is to install a Thunderbird plugin, which will make this the default.

  1. From the menu select Tools > Add-ons
  2. Type "search as" into the search box
  3. Click the install button next to Search as list 3.0
  4. Restart Thunderbird

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