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Search selected folders in Mail.app Apps
I've always been annoyed that Mail.app only allows you to search the current folder or all folders. Until today, that is, when I figured out you can select a specific set of multiple folders with the command key. The search box automatically will switch to "search selected folders."

Of course, this is very consistent with the Mac OS in general; I just didn't realize it was an option in Maill.
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Search selected folders in Mail.app
Authored by: audiojack on Feb 10, '05 01:21:18PM

I believe you can also do the same by selecting multiple folders with shift click, and then the search will look at all the selected folders. Shift click is common for selecting multiple items and it seems the command key in mail is doing the same thing as shift.

I have wanted to search multiple folders, and it never came to me that this would do the trick, so thanks for posting that hint!



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Search selected folders in Mail.app
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 10, '05 02:41:00PM

Thanks for pointing that out! In the past, I ran several searches because I saw no way to choose which folders, among many, I wanted to search.

I can confirm that this trick works with Shift-clicking, and offer audiojack a little tip about the difference between Shift-clicking and Command-clicking:

With a Command-click, you can add or remove any item from the currently selected items. Try it: Cmd-click a folder near the top, then another that's near the bottom of the folders, then a folder somewhere in between. Cmd-click one of these folders to unselect it again.

Shift-clicking selects a range of folders, almost as if you dragged a box around them with your mouse. Shift-click the top-most folder. Now shift-click some folder beneath that one; all the folders in between will be selected.

Shift-clicking is good for selecting a contiguous range of folders; Command-clicking is good for times when you want to select random folders that aren't contiguous [adjacent to each other, in other words].

You'll find these same selecting tips work in other programs that allow multiple selections, including the Finder. Even Windows uses these conventions [just use the CTRL key instead of the CMD key].

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Search selected folders in Mail.app
Authored by: sigurarm on Feb 10, '05 04:24:03PM
Best Mail.app trick of the year... so far. Thanks a lot! (shift click is good for continious selection, command click if one needs to skip folders inbetween.)

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Search selected folders in Mail.app
Authored by: DanFrakes on Feb 10, '05 09:48:23PM

"Shift click is common for selecting multiple items and it seems the command key in mail is doing the same thing as shift."

Shift-click is how you select contiguous items in a list. Command-click is how you select non-contiguous items.



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Search selected folders in Mail.app
Authored by: jacobolus on Feb 10, '05 04:32:55PM

I should've sent in a tip months ago, when I figured this out. I thought people already knew about this feature though. I can't wait for tiger, when mail will have smart folders, and search of all folders using spotlight, so that this sort of nonsense won't be necessary.

One thing that bugs me right now is that if you have nested folders in mail, you can't select a top level folder and see the contents of all folders inside. But I guess you can't have everything...



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