How to Set up Spark and start sort­ing

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1 Get con­nected

Spark works with all ma­jor email providers in­clud­ing Gmail, iCloud, and Out­look, and you can man­u­ally con­fig­ure it if your par­tic­u­lar provider isn’t cov­ered. In this ex­am­ple we’re go­ing to choose Google.

2 See your mail

En­ter your de­tails (and the code for two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion if you use it – which you re­ally should) and you should see some­thing like this: a tra­di­tional three-panel mail lay­out with var­i­ous fold­ers and tags at the side.

3 Find your fold­ers

If you want to add your own fold­ers to the side­bar, just click More at the bot­tom of the side­bar and then nav­i­gate to the folder you want to add. Click the star to add it. You can create new and Smart Fold­ers here, too.

4 See the side­bar

As you can see above, adding a folder to the side­bar also adds any sub­fold­ers it con­tains. You can now file a mes­sage in any of those fold­ers by drag­ging and drop­ping it onto the ap­pro­pri­ate one.

5 Get swip­ing

If you’re us­ing a MacBook, swip­ing hor­i­zon­tally on its track­pad un­cov­ers two im­por­tant op­tions: Delete, which will ditch the se­lected mes­sage in the Trash folder, and Snooze, which hides the mes­sagel for a spec­i­fied time.

6 Choose your Snooze

As you can see above, there are mul­ti­ple Snooze op­tions: later to­day, to­mor­row, the weekend, next week… there’s even a Some­day op­tion if you like to be vague. You can also se­lect a spe­cific date.

7 Set up new Snoozes

You can cus­tomize the Snooze op­tions to fit your own re­quire­ments. Go to Spark > Pref­er­ences > Snoozes to spec­ify what “later to­day” means, and to set the spe­cific days or times for other Snoozes.

8 Create Quick Replies

We love Spark’s choice of Quick Replies, which en­able you to re­ply in­stantly to mes­sages if you don’t have time to type up a more de­tailed re­sponse. In Spark > Pref­er­ences > Quick Replies, you can create your own replies.

9 Get back fast

Here are Quick Replies in action. Sim­ply scroll to the foot of a mes­sage, click the Quick Replies but­ton and then choose the one you want to use. There’s a brief de­lay in send­ing, just in case you change your mind.

10 Sign your name

An­other wel­come fea­ture is sup­port for mul­ti­ple sig­na­tures, which you can create in Spark > Pref­er­ences > Sig­na­tures. Spark will try to pick the cor­rect sig­na­ture for each mes­sage, which is clever.

11 Edit your in­box

In Spark > Pref­er­ences > Smart In­box, you can cus­tomize how the Smart In­box works – for ex­am­ple, by group­ing per­sonal mes­sages across mul­ti­ple ac­counts or per ac­count, or by hid­ing spe­cific cat­e­gories.

12 Make Spark speed­ier

Last but not least, al­low us to in­tro­duce Spark’s range of cus­tom­iz­a­ble key­board short­cuts. You can change the de­faults by click­ing one you want to change and then press­ing the keys you want to use. Easy!

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