Mes­sag­ing with Mail

Swip­ing to man­age mes­sages, full-screen flex­i­bil­ity, and mul­ti­ple mes­sage tabs make Mail ef­fec­tive than ever

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Many of Mail’s new fea­tures are fo­cussed on make work­ing it more prac­ti­cal to work with in full-screen mode, es­pe­cially when com­pos­ing mes­sages.

New mes­sages are still cre­ated in a panel that’s dis­played in the mid­dle of the screen, but you no longer have to save the mes­sage as a draft be­fore you can look at other mes­sages. 27> How­ever, click­ing out­side of the pane now causes it to slide out of the way to the bot­tom of the screen. Click on the small bar down there to bring the com­po­si­tion panel back into view. This is more con­ve­nient for copy­ing and past­ing text or drag­ging at­tach­ments from one mes­sage into a new one.

It isn’t just Mail’s main win­dow that can be made to take over the whole screen. 28> Any mes­sage win­dow can be switched to full screen from its green but­ton, en­abling you to com­pose a mes­sage on one side of the screen and re­fer to some­thing else – even an other mes­sage – on the other in Split View.

You can also have sev­eral part-com­posed mes­sages on the go, with­out hav­ing to save them as drafts. 29> Each time you cre­ate a new mes­sage (by press­ing ç+N or click­ing the cor­re­spond­ing but­ton in the tool­bar), a new tab is added to the pane. Rather than reach for your mouse or track­pad, you can switch tabs us­ing ß+ç+[ and ß+ç+].

Man­ag­ing un­read mes­sages is eas­ier with ges­tures that have worked their way across from iOS to OS X. 30> Swipe to the right while the pointer is over a mes­sage in a mail­box’s list to mark it as un­read, or swipe to the left to trash or archive it. Do this with two fin­gers on a track­pad, or one fin­ger on a Magic Mouse. 31> If you pre­fer to archive mail, the lat­ter ges­ture can be switched from Trash to Archive in Mail > Pref­er­ences > View­ing > Swipe Left To.

32> Mail in­spects in­com­ing mes­sages for con­tacts and events to add to your cal­en­dar. If some­one emails you with in­for­ma­tion about an event, Mail will search for de­tails (time, date, lo­ca­tion, and so on) and sug­gests that you add it to Cal­en­dar. 33> Sim­i­larly, it looks for new con­tact in­for­ma­tion, fill­ing out phone num­bers, emails and ad­dresses for peo­ple in your con­tacts (and sug­gests when to cre­ate a new con­tact record). In both in­stances, you’ll see a prompt at the top of the mes­sage. Click the blue ‘add…’ word at the right of that row to add or up­date an item in the re­lated app.

34> One small ad­di­tion that’s eas­ily over­looked is the strikethrough but­ton in Mail’s For­mat bar (which is re­vealed by click­ing the ‘A’ but­ton in the tool­bar), rather than hav­ing to open OS X’s built-in Fonts win­dow. This is help­ful for in­di­cat­ing changes or sug­ges­tions when col­lab­o­rat­ing on text.

Multi-Touch ges­tures make it much eas­ier to quickly clear out un­wanted mes­sages.

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