Make the most of Mail

Learn how to man­age your email like a pro us­ing Ap­ple’s ex­cel­lent email app

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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.

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