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Using Priority headers in Mail.app Apps
Despite its varying support on different mail clients, I've come to appreciate the X-Priority header in e-mail messages. (And, unfortunately, many people raised on Outlook and similar mail programs have come to expect that you'll jump up and down when they flag their message as important.) Mail.app doesn't seem to have built-in support for it, so here's a few tips on adding that functionality.

For outgoing mail, all you need to do is install the MailPriority plugin, which will give you a toolbar and keystroke shortcut to setting the priority for your messages during composition.

To make sure that messages flagged as having a high priority are distinguished in your in box, I suggest creating a new Mail.app Rule. When you pull up the Rules dialogue, first click on "Add Rule". Then click-hold on the "From" in the first condition line. You'll see an option to "Edit Header List." Select this, and add a new header named X-Priority. Then, create a rule that looks like this:

If ANY of the following conditions are met:
X-Priority         Contains               High
X-Priority         Contains               1
X-Priority         Contains               2
Perform the following actions:
Set Color of text [to red, or whatever you like]
Click "OK" and you should be all set. Now you can be urgent with the best of them!
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Using Priority headers in Mail.app
Authored by: porkchop_d_clown on Mar 10, '03 10:30:02PM

Nice tip!

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Using Priority headers in Mail.app
Authored by: bluehz on Mar 11, '03 10:36:35AM

I installed the MailPriority plugin a while back and all I have ever seenfrom it is error msgs in the console:

### MailPriority: unable to intercept message delivery

Any idea what this is....



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Using Priority headers in Mail.app
Authored by: cedric on Mar 11, '03 10:48:42AM

Very nice tip to get something similar to what you can find in Mozilla.

However, when installed, I can define a Rule that works well, but the Priority submenu in the Edit menu remains always shaded. No way to use the shortcuts to change colors of emails.

Any clue?

Thanks.



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Using Priority headers in Mail.app
Authored by: cedric on Mar 11, '03 10:50:05AM

Very nice tip to get something similar to what you can find in Mozilla.

However, when installed, I can define a Rule that works well, but the Priority submenu in the Edit menu remains always shaded. No way to use the shortcuts to change colors of emails.

Any clue?

Thanks.



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X-Priority vs. Flagging
Authored by: david.frank on Mar 11, '03 12:02:26PM

MailPriority is only designed to give a message *you send* a priority - to let the receiver know whether it is an important message. You can however not mark messages you *receive* with a priority-flag. I know this would be nice, too.
(dave-author-of-mailpriority)



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X-Priority vs. Flagging
Authored by: piatolomei on May 02, '04 02:45:42AM

Dave, I used the Edit menu priority... option to set a test message to myself with priority 1 and it showed up in red on my machine. Maybe your powers is more super than you realised!



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Using Priority headers in Mail.app
Authored by: Greedo on Mar 18, '03 12:10:00AM

I'm using rules to flag messages with the X-Priority high or low as described in this hint ... works great!

However, I'm using an IMAP account and only storing local copies of messages I read. I suspect then, that Mail.app doesn't download the entire message before I've read it, and the set of headers it downloads doesn't include the X-Priority header. Because of this, I have to read a message first before the priority rule kicks in and changes the color of the message.

This kinda defeats the purpose: I'd prefer to glance at my messages and see the high priority messages standing out. Any ideas?



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Using Priority headers in Mail.app
Authored by: piatolomei on May 02, '04 02:42:49AM

For what it's worth, I applied these hints and they work fine for me with 10.3.2 and my IMAP server.



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