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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts Apps
Tiger only hintI recently ran into this neat little feature. Not sure if it existed before but...

In Mail, if you hit Command-I, you'll get a useful summary box showing statistics for the account containing the currently selected message. In my case, it popped up all the information about my .Mac account, including the capacity of the mail server and how big each folder is. This is very useful to see where all your IMAP or .Mac space is going.

[robg adds: I had completely missed this very useful feature. Why? Because it seems Mail has broken one of the more long-standing Mac covenants: "Thou shalt not have features hiding in contextual menus that don't also exist in the main menus." There is absolutely no reference to Account Info in any of Mail's menu items. The only place it exists is in the contextual menu you see when you control-click in the mailbox panel. And even as listed there, there's no keyboard shortcut shown, so you wouldn't know to hit Command-I. Bad UI decision, Apple. Please don't start hiding menu options on us ... this is common in Windows, but has been (thankfully) nearly absent from the Mac for forever, and it's one of the things that makes the platform such a joy to use.]
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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: JKT on May 12, '05 11:16:25AM

It also exposes a flaw in Tiger's Mail - this get info only works for your online mailboxes and does not show you the info for any mailboxes on your hard drive (well, at least for me), and I can't see any other way to find out basic information (number of messages in a mailbox/number read or unread/total size of mailbox/etc). In other words, Mail 2.0 needs a status bar!

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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: boredzo on May 12, '05 11:17:40AM

⌘I doesn't work for me — only the 'Get Info' command in the contextual menu.



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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: jacobolus on May 12, '05 11:29:46AM

The "Use Small Mailbox Icons" feature is right there in the bottom of the view menu



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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: robg on May 12, '05 11:50:41AM

Whoops, how right you are :). I've deleted that bit from my original aside...

Thanks;
-rob.



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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: simonpie on May 12, '05 11:31:38AM

Same thing with the slide show (Diaporama in French), if you select multiple pictures in the finder, the option "slide show" only appears in the contextual menu and the action menu (the one with the gear - or maybe its a trackter wheel) in the tool bar of the finder window. And adding a short cut for it did not worked for me.

By the way, i do not know if this is already somewhere on the site, but in the slide show mode, typing "i" will bring the index in which you can navigate using the arrows and typing "f" will expand pictures to full screen.



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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: bfad on May 12, '05 12:18:04PM

While the "Get Info" option may not be in the menu bar, there is no need to right click to view that option. If you click on the gear button down on the bottom left corner of Mail's window (Right next to the plus button), the "Get Info" option is listed there...



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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on May 12, '05 12:26:28PM

yes. but, that is just the Contextual Menu Items for Dummies™, i.e. somewhere for the single-button mouse users to find their contextual menu items without having to explain the 'control-click'

IMO that still counts as "only in the contextual menu items"

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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: gullevek on May 13, '05 12:25:16AM

But they took away the extremly useful status bar. Now you actually never know what is going on, or what size the current folder has. I hope they return it in one of the soon to come updates.



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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: elmimmo on May 13, '05 04:41:45PM

I agree with you, and told Apple about it. However, the more we are notifying them, the more chances we have to get it back.

Please write your opinion at http://www.apple.com/macosx/feedback/ (They still do not list 10.4, so I left the "select OS" unselected and added the prefix "Mail 2:" in the subject.



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Rob G's complaint
Authored by: JohnnyMnemonic on May 13, '05 01:40:02PM

I think Rob has a valid complaint: this has been happening more and more in OS X, and some of things just can't be found. For instance, unless you read a "hints guide" somewhere, did you know that there's a difference between command-i and command-option-i? I use both all the time.

It seems like there's a few other hidden commands, that are documented on this site and elsewhere, that just aren't accessible from any menus. Which means you have to pretty diligent to know about them, and even at that there's a good chance you forget them by the time that you need to use them.



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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: tifighter on May 15, '05 06:36:58PM

It seems to me that the action/gear menu that is becoming standard fare in Apple (and some other) applications is Apple's response to two design standards:

1: with one button mice you can get contextual menu information without the use of control-clicking. This convention seems most geared toward the novice user who may not think of control-clicking on items. Unfortunately the action menu isn't necessarily exactly the same as actually control clicking on an item. Take the Finder window action menu for example.

2 and more to our point here: With the addition of the action menu to an application, Apple can still adhere to their no-contextual-menu-only-functions standard while in effect adding functionality to contextual menus.



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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: TigerKR on Feb 27, '06 11:27:37AM

This is a great feature, and basically the only way that you can delete pesky blank-emails from the server, since Mail doesn't know what to do with void emails.



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Get Info
Authored by: sjk on Feb 27, '06 07:28:48PM

Yeah, I've occasionally found and deleted Gmail POP account orphans that way.



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