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A few more Mail folder management tips Apps
When creating new mailbox folders in Apple Mail, there are two ways to create subfolders:
  1. Right click on one of your accounts and select New Mailbox... and Enter the folder path (the intervening folders, if they don't exist, will be created). This is mentioned in the create new mailbox dialog box. This means that entering "Mail Archive" will create the folder "Mail Archive" in the root level of the selected account, whereas entering "Mail Archive/2002" will create the folder "2002" inside "Mail Archive" (created if necessary) in that account.

  2. Right click on the desired parent folder, select New Mailbox..., and enter in a name for the new subfolder. If you right click on "Mail Archive" and enter "2002", the folder "2002" will appear inside "Mail Archive".
I discovered the latter by accidentally recreating my entire subfolder directory tree within a subfolder. I don't know how many levels deep you can go, but I've got 3 or 4 in my mail archive, no problem.

Finally, although it may seem pretty obvious, you can option-drag folders to copy them and their entire contents in between mailboxes or accounts. The plus copy symbol will appear on your cursor.

[Editor's note: That last one may seem obvious, but I'd never thought to try to copy an entire folder with an Option-drag!]
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Right click? Hulloh?
Authored by: baba on Dec 13, '02 09:25:33PM

Why not left-middle-click-double-stomp-head-bang on the keyboard? "Right click" is meaningless. If one opts for bells-and-whistles mice, trackpads, or trackballs, a given click will behave only according to its mapping. Not to say that the many options for input devices and their customizability isn't a good thing. They're wonderful. But, please understand that, outside of the world of Willy Loman-esque Windows lemmings. 'Right click' has about as much meaning as the Nike swoosh would have had to Shakespeare (who, as I understand it, was never much one for television).

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Right click? Hulloh?
Authored by: escowles on Dec 14, '02 08:17:05AM
Actually, Macs are the odd-man-out here. Every other mouse-equipped system I've used has at least two mouse buttons. Of course, Macs are often the oddball (like with their multi-fork files and heavy reliance on non-portable filesystem metadata).

Regardless, on every system (including Macs with multi-button mouses) the right mouse button is the standard for contextual menus. I think anyone who isn't being willfully oblivious will understand that he meant "bring up the contextual menu in the normal way".


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Contextual menu activation
Authored by: TvE on Dec 14, '02 08:55:18AM
I believe that it's commen knowledge that you access the contextual menu by either right-clicking or control-clicking as the results are the same...
There is no need to waste bandwidth debating whether Mac's are "normal" or "different" due to the number of mouse buttons - if one button is not enough you just plug in an X-buttoned mouse and use it!!!

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Contextual menu activation
Authored by: UltraNurd on Dec 16, '02 12:32:47PM

Sorry for any confusion I may have caused (which I seriously doubt occurred). As fun as it is to be contrarian :oP, right-click means "bring up a contextual menu" on the windows, unix, and macs I use on a regular basis, and is generally true across multiple operating system versions/configurations for each, which is why I used that term. It's the most common, shortest way to say it.

When Apple announced the Pro Mice a few years ago, I was hopeful that they would finally cave and go for two buttons + scroll wheel. I've always been a proponent of the simplicity of the mac, but since contextual menus have been rather key since for sure OS 9, I think it's silly to ignore the hardware end of that particular user interface standard. Scroll wheels are also great. I know very few mac-users who stick to the one-button mice, except for public area computers at various educational institutions, probably because there are fewer parts to break.

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