Archive for the 'Mail' Category

Mail: Unable to update thread heading automatically

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 • 4:45 pm

Generally speaking, I don’t loathe OS X’s Mail as an email client like other people do. Yes, it does have a number of issues, including several that I have talked about myself on this blog. And I sure do wish that Apple would do something about them. But on the whole I find that Mail […]

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Finder: Inconsistent and nonsensical selection behaviour when deleting file

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 • 4:09 pm

In OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), take a Finder window in list view and select a file in the list: Now press command-Delete to delete the selected file. Here’s what happens: The Finder automatically selects the next file in the list. This is important. Now undo what you just did and, instead of pressing command-Delete to […]

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OS X’s Mail 7: Can’t replace saved attachment in its ‘Downloads’ folder

Friday, November 29th, 2013 • 4:05 pm

It used to be that one of Apple’s distinctive features when it comes to computing was its ability (and indeed its willingness) to sweat the details. Nowadays, more often than not, its distinctive features include a newly found ability to mess up the details. In Mavericks’s Mail 7, as in previous versions of Mail, you […]

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OS X’s Mail: How to manually restore plug-in compatibility

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 • 5:56 pm

Most of the time, when Apple comes up with system updates that modify the Mail application, the changes cause Mail to reject installed third-party plug-ins (known as “bungles”) by moving them from the “~/Library/Mail/Bundles/” folder to the “~/Library/Mail/Bundles (Disabled)/” folder at launch time. This happens even if there is no known compatibility issue between the […]

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Mail 7: Saving multiple attachments now requires multiple clicks

Monday, October 28th, 2013 • 9:11 am

Apple’s engineers have a strong tendency of being unable to leave good enough alone. In the previous version of Mail, if you received an email message containing multiple attachments, there was a way to save all these attachments with a single click. You could just use a single click on the “Save” button in the […]

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iCloud’s silent email filtering: What’s the solution?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 • 5:12 pm

Macworld has a new column by Dan Moren and Lex Friedman about Apple’s use of “silent email filtering” for iCloud accounts. As John Siracusa notes, this is nothing new. Apple’s silent mail filtering “has been going on since the .Mac days”. But I suppose people need to be reminded from time to time. As a […]

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Lion/Mountain Lion’s Mail: Workaround for removing attachments from sent messages

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 • 9:28 am

In Lion (OS X 10.7) and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), Mail has a bug that, for certain types of e-mail accounts at least, causes the application to fail to identify sent messages containing attachments as such. The paperclip icon never appears in the message list, and the “Remove Attachments” command is greyed out, even […]

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Mac OS X’s Mail: SMTP servers and network failure

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 • 2:31 pm

Sometimes the sheer stupidity of how Mail handles (or rather cannot handle) network failures just boggles my mind. A couple of days ago I heard that people using one particular ISP in our area (the cable company Eastlink) were experiencing a general system failure and did not have any Internet access for several hours. Then […]

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Lion’s Mail: Export/import round-trip to remove attachments in sent messages

Monday, December 5th, 2011 • 10:33 am

I am not sure why, but I am going through a phase where any encounter with a software bug on my computer leaves me with a feeling of intense frustration. I just cannot believe that I have to live with so many bugs that affect my work on a daily basis in my computing life, […]

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Mail 5.1: Removing attachments still an issue

Friday, September 30th, 2011 • 8:59 am

What is it exactly that Apple’s engineers have against people wanting to remove attachments from their e-mails? Ever since Apple added the “Remove Attachments” command to Mail’s interface, back in 2003, it has been plagued with problems. It has always been, and still is, impossible to undo the command. Given that it is quite a […]

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Mac OS X’s Mail: Beware the shortcut for erasing deleted messages

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 • 9:41 am

Sometimes, as a Mac user, I can be my own worst enemy. As reported earlier, I installed Lion on my main machine last month, and since then I have of course encountered a number of bugs that I have been reporting to Apple through the appropriate channels. But any major system upgrade can also cause […]

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Mail 5.1: Favorite mailboxes and Keyboard Maestro

Friday, September 9th, 2011 • 6:51 pm

As Matt Gemmell notes, in Lion the Mail application now has a “Favorites” bar at the top, underneath the toolbar. This bar can be customized like the one in Safari, except that you can only add single mailboxes as buttons, so you are limited by the space available. One of the side benefits of this […]

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Mail 5.0: No longer deselects message after removing attachments

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 • 6:30 pm

In Lion, Apple has finally fixed a long-standing problem with message selection in Mail. The specific symptom was that, when you selected a message containing an attachment and then chose the “Remove Attachments” command in the “Message” menu, Mail would indeed remove the attachment from the selected message, but then it would also deselect the […]

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Mail 5.0: ‘Next Alternative’ shortcut with Canadian CSA keyboard

Monday, August 22nd, 2011 • 9:06 am

It’s happened again… There is a long history of Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts failing to work properly for users of non-U.S. keyboard layouts because the keys involved in the shortcuts are located in a different place on their keyboards. There was a problem with the shortcut for the “Cycle Through Windows” command in Snow […]

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MsgFiler for Mac OS X: Successful transition to the Mac App Store

Thursday, April 14th, 2011 • 2:54 pm

A while back, I wrote about message filing in Mac OS X’s Mail and, in particular, I mentioned the third-party tool MsgFiler and its apparent pros and cons. In spite of my initial reluctance (due in part that I had already shelled out some cash for Mail Act-On and didn’t want to add too much […]

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