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Mail App – #15 Noob2Pro 4


Mail App – #15 Noob2Pro

We are about half way through the Noob2Pro series. Today we are going to focus on Mail. One of the best email applications for the Mac. Using Mail is easy as other Mac programs, but you need to set it up correctly. I am not going to go through every little tip about Mail in this post, but I will show you the best tips needed to use Mail effectively. To get a grips on how to use the Mail client, simply play around with it.

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Add Sub-Folders Easily In Mail

Today’s post idea was originally submitted by Chris, its a rather cool trick he accidentally found when adding new mailboxes into Mail. If you ever use folders it can be a bit of a pain to add sub-folders. This trick will do both, at the same time. Rather cool if you ask me. This trick may also work in other applications, I have yet to try it out.

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Randomly Display Email Signatures

I send a lot of emails. Most of the time I am in Mail reading and responding to emails. Each email I send will have a signature saying thanks and my name, plus my website if needed. This saves me a lot of time and enables my emails to look a bit more professional. Randomly, I found a nifty little trick in which you can have a different signature each time you compose a new mail message. If you want to add a bit of laughter to your emails, this is the perfect place to put a random quote.

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Extra Information Columns In Mail

This is another quick Mail tip that I have found to be more useful as I use it. Like most applications you can view extra columns of information in your Mail boxes. For example size, number, attachments. This can be useful for locating emails in the massive pile, sometime Spotlight wont cut it. For example I used this trick to find a specific email. I knew the email had a specific title and an attachment, I search for the title and then sorted by attachment numbers and the email was found. Simple and easy.

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View Mail Activity

Sometimes when Mail is running it appears to do absolutely nothing, yet at the same time CPU is running full pelt and your network is being used. What is probably happening is Mail is sending or receiving a large number of emails. The best way to check what is happening is with the Mail Activity monitor. It is quick to access and very useful.

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Increase The RSS Update Time In Mail

Sorry for the Mail centric posts this week. I have a couple of Mail tips and tricks I would like to bash out before I move onto other topics. If you remember the other day I mentioned about controlling your computer with Twitter. This uses an RSS feed to update and run commands. The problem with this is that the RSS default in Mail will only run every 30 minutes. This post will hopefully increase the polling time. I have ran both of the commands shown in this post and the second one does seem to work, although most of my feeds are a little slow to update anyway.

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Control Your Mac With Twitter

Quite a while ago I mentioned about Controlling Your Mac With Email. In a nutshell you sent an email to yourself or a different email address. Mail picked up the email with a set of rules, then is acted on a predetermined scripts to do something on your computer. This is useful if you are away from home and you want your computer to do something. You can make this even more useful with the use of Twitter. You can use Twitter from any mobile, making the service more mobile and useful. For example you can set you computer to load up certain program while you are coming off the motorway on the way home.

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View Thread’s Of Email Conversations

If you have a full inbox like myself it can be very easy to lose track of conversations. You are emailing people back and forth and you have no idea what email belongs to which conversation, it is even worst of people don’t quote what you have been sent. There is a rather simple option called “Organize By Thread” which will organise your inbox via threads. Its not a well known option so I would like to point it out.

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