Search Results Sort By Date Not Relevance is a Thunderbird extension that changes the default order of search results to "Date" instead of "Relevance".
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Latest version: 1.14 -- supports 3.0 - 47.* and probably higher
Available for download at addons.mozilla.orgOr download the latest version here.
(click and then choose "open with Thunderbird")
Normally when you do a standard CTRL-K search, aka a "faceted" search, the results are ordered by "relevance". I almost always change that to "date", but that choice is not remembered for the next search, nor is there any way to change that preference. This extension changes the default to "date".
This does not apply to CTRL-SHIFT-F search, which already defaults to order by date.
Comments/suggestions/bug reports welcome!
Note how the search order is, well, "Date", not "Relevance". Magic.