Make the most of Mail
Learn how to manage your email like a pro using Apple’s excellent email app
El Capitan brings some great new features to Apple’s excellent email app
Mail is the default app you use to receive and read email on a Mac. It’s been around since the start of OS X but has been through many changes. In an age where webmail is king it might seem old-fashioned to use a dedicated email app instead of your web browser to get your mail, but there are several advantages to using Mail.
At first glance Mail hasn’t changed much in El Capitan, compared to the previous Yosemite version, but if you look more closely you’ll find that there are plenty of new features to delight you. It can automatically identify event details, show you addresses and spot updated contact information. You can use natural language searching, so for example if you search for “emails from Susan on Friday”, Mail will understand you. If you have a trackpad you can use iOS-style swipes to trash mails or mark them unread, and in another iOS-inspired move you can work in full-screen mode with the message you’re writing hiding itself when you want to see or copy from another one. You can even have several part-composed messages open in full‑screen mode, using Safari-like tabs.
Here we’ll explore Mail’s many powers and show you how to make the most of them. You’ll soon see why Mail should be your go-to email app on your Mac. Gary Marshall
If you look closely you’ll find there are plenty of features in Mail to delight you
OS X El Capitan’s Mail application should be your go-to place for getting email on your Mac.