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View unrendered messages in Mail.app Apps
I actually found this completely by accident, I was trying open a web page in OmniWeb (shift-command-U), when I missed and pressed option-command-U instead with a message open.

The result is that you see the complete email message completely unrendered. The graphic file attachments are still base64'd, and none of the HTML links within the message are active.

Also, all of the control characters are highlighted... for those of you who really want to see all the details of your email messages within Mail.app

[Editor's note: Just when you think you've seen all the Mail tips possible ... as the comment points out, it's in the menus, but deeply buried. I had no idea it was there!]
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Authored by: megagram on Jul 17, '02 02:29:23AM

FYI, there is an option (as I am sure some people already know) that allows you to view the raw source of a message under the Message ->Show->Raw Source. I don't know if it's documented but it is there in the menus. It took me a long time to find out for myself--comes in useful sometimes!

Megagram



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Authored by: hayne on Jul 17, '02 03:18:15AM

The Cmd-Option-U key combination mentioned in the hint is the shortcut for that menu item.



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Crucial Feature Poorly Implemented
Authored by: bighouse on Jul 18, '02 11:52:40PM

You have to use the "raw text" feature if you do a lot of spam reporting (abuse desks do not like formatted email). But mail.app makes it impossible to remove the useless control characters. There is nothing useful about having "\n" at the end of every line of text, but it seems to be impossible to make this go away.

--Hoop



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