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Selecting and moving emails from Mail message lists Apps
This turns out to be a simple hint, but until I finally figured out what was happening, I sometimes got frustrated trying to select several emails in Mail vs. trying to move the selected email.

The hint is this ... when you want to select several emails that appear consecutively in a list, click on the first email in the group and move your pointer in the vertical direction. No matter what was previously selected, Mail will interpret this action to mean that you want to select a new group.

Now, when you want to move a single email or a group of selected email, click on the email you want to move, and move your pointer in a more or less horizontal direction. Mail will understand this motion to mean that you want to move the selected email via drag and drop.

The above might seem a little confusing, as I find it somewhat difficult to explain the action. But try it, and you should notice how Mail treats vertical pointer movements differently than horizontal pointer movements when selecting emails. The same also holds true for the lists of groups and contacts in Address Book. I wouldn't be surprised if other apps have the same functionality.

[robg adds: Yes, this is a simple hint, but it does a nice job of explaining what I consider to be "UI oddness" in Mail. In TextEdit or Safari, for instance, if you select a chunk of text, click and hold, and then drag, it will move. Mail will work the same way within the text of a message, but the list is handled differently. No matter how long you click and hold on a message or group of selected messages, if your first mouse movement is "down" instead of "across," you'll change the selection instead of moving the group. I realize that chunks of text and lists are different types of objects, but this has always struck me as inconsistent behavior.]
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Selecting and moving emails from Mail message lists
Authored by: DizzyPenguin on Feb 12, '04 11:13:07AM

Thank God for this hint...
I really thought I was going mad, not being able to move messages half of the time. A slight movement downwards and I was swearing at this app!
Thank you for bringing back my sanity!

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Selecting and moving emails from Mail message lists
Authored by: schneb on Feb 12, '04 11:17:15AM
I hate inconsistency. It should be that when you click and drag something, it will move to where you want. If you want to select a group of items, click to the side of the item, a marquis appears and all the items within the range of your marquis are selected. Mail seems to be the rogue sheep of the Mac apps.

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Finder in List Mode Too?
Authored by: srcleaves on Feb 12, '04 12:00:40PM

I don't have a Mac in front of me at the moment to confirm but I think this behavior is true in Finder when it is in list mode. I know I have seen odd behavior when trying to move files to a subdirectory or another Finder window. Gestures are a great idea, but they should not get in the users way.



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Selecting and moving emails from Mail message lists
Authored by: tcpinhead on Feb 12, '04 02:12:36PM

This is not true in the finder. In the finder if you click off of an object and drag it works just like the marquis but without the marquis.? To move something in list mode you just have to click on the icon or the text and it will move where you want it. It took a few moments and tries to get used to this but it will become familiar quickly.



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Selecting and moving emails from Mail message lists
Authored by: Coumerelli on Feb 15, '04 04:51:32PM

it IS true when you select more than one file/folder in list view. I just tried it. I feel much better now knowing that I wasn't just going mad trying sometime successfully, sometimes unsuccessfully to drag a few files. whew! :)

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"if you select a chunk of text, click and hold, and then drag, it will move."
Authored by: ccsccs7 on Feb 12, '04 07:39:44PM
Thanks robg for that comment. I thought TextEdit didn't support drag and drop! I was familiar with the click, hold for a sec, and then move to use the icons in the menu bar of certain applications (such as BBEdit Lite or the Finder), but couldn't for the life of me figure out how to make text clippings. I relied on Mozilla mail message windows and BBEdit Lite to make my text clippings and was beginning to miss SimpleText for this very reason.

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Selecting and moving emails from Mail message lists
Authored by: pvera on Feb 13, '04 09:04:03PM

Good catch, I was going nuts having to use shift to hold the selection both in Mail.app and the finder in list mode.

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Selecting and moving emails from Mail message lists
Authored by: david-bo on May 09, '04 10:46:50AM

This explains my biggest annoyance with the Address Book, the inconsistensy when dragging cards, sometimes I just lost the selection and sometimes I could move the card somewhere.

Thanks a lot.

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