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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags Apps
Tiger only hintIn Tiger, Mail.app v2 now has support for priority flags (low, normal, and high) for mail messages, but the choice of icons is a little unusual, as seen at right.

I wanted to alter the UI elements, since ! for normal mail just didn't make sense, and I'm used to seeing ! denote high-priority mail. The UI elements are all just .tiff files in the Resources folder of Mail.app's package (Control-click on the Mail app and choose Show Package Contents), so making the change isn't that hard. Here are two examples showing my results: Compose Inbox.

If you want to repeat the experiment, the files I created can be downloaded [56KB] from my Mac.com page...
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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: Poolart on May 20, '05 11:44:45AM

Thanks for the Tip! Its really easy! I directly changed it to the aqua buttons red(high), green(normal), yellow(low).



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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: chrome on May 21, '05 06:13:33AM

This has no real bearing on the validity of this tip, but really am I the only one that hates priorities set by other people? Everyone else seems to think that their emails are the most important and some even set their email to send at high priority by default .. !

>:)



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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: macgizmo on May 21, '05 02:32:19PM

I tend to agree with you. Most people who use priority settings almost always use High Priority as their only option.


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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: jason mark on May 21, '05 07:55:25PM

Actually lack of priorities was one reason we haven't been able to use Mail here (Entourage for all).

When you're on the road a lot, or in meetings a lot, it's actually really helpful to let people know "I'm only checking high priority email for the next couple of days". That way the... well... high priority items stand out.



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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: garchow1 on May 22, '05 12:10:08AM

Does anyone know how to change priorities set by other people? Before Tiger I would sort my inbox by flagging messages I needed to respond to so they would remain at the top of my email list. Now flagged message remain at the top, followed by any messages tagged by their senders as high priority (all of which I've already read and responded to). The result is now I have to scroll down to see my new mail. I can't find anyway of changing the priority of mail I've already read. Arrgh!



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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: BBishop9 on May 22, '05 09:51:36AM

I'm an Entourage user who's trying the Tiger Mail app to see if I want to make a change, so I'm hardly expert in Mail.

But I have the same problem of disagreeing with the senders of some messages as to how they should be prioritized. While it's quite easy in Entourage to change the priority of an incoming message, I can't see any obvious way to do the same thing in Mail, and leaving messages I consider to be ‘normal' or ‘low' priority marked as ‘high' just rankles me!



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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: Quevar on May 23, '05 01:34:35PM
This has actually been one of my big disappointments for Tiger. I was hoping to be able to change the priorities for incoming messages and then make a smart folder to display them back at various times.

I want to have all high priority items displayed, the normal priority items displayed only after 3 days, and the low priority items displayed after 7 days. This way, I can put e-mail on hold for a few days. I was very disappointed when I found out this wasn't possible. Well, sorting them is possible, but I can't change the priorities myself, so it doesn't work.

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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: ccgaudette on May 21, '05 02:06:44PM
Et tu, Apple? (Julius Caesar)

Multiple punctuation marks are bad grammar. This got approved by a team of college educated, supposedly "A-list" software engineers? Nuts.

I shutter to think of all the school kids that learn all sorts of bad grammar from the Web and now from Mail.app.

I won't have Tiger until the US Mail shows up Monday. So, I don't know if the priority flag is on by default, but I'll be making sure that column is turned off.

Yes, most (all) NeXTSTEP user interface elements were TIFFs and this lives on in Mac OS X. At least I should be able to AppleScript a quick replacement routine for this and anything else dumb that comes along.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: freakindesign on May 21, '05 04:33:19PM

You make a song and dance about punctuation and grammar, only to say "I shutter to think" in your rebuke? Tsk. Go and stand in the corner and think about what you've done.

When your copy of Tiger shows up on Monday, try out the excellent dictionary widget and search for these two words:

  • Shutter
  • Shudder

If you're going to be pedantic, you should take the time and effort to be correct. I suggest you take an English class... ;)

Here endeth this lesson.



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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: gaudior on May 21, '05 08:31:11PM

Lighten Up, Francis! ;-)



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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: ccgaudette on May 22, '05 12:06:23AM

I'm to take English lessons from someone called "freakin"? ;-)

Darn. I did spell and grammar checked that post too!

At any rate there would seem to me to be a difference between my forum post and a "permanent" fixture in Apple's mail client. E-mail being the Internet's killer application and all.

And, actually, you help make my case. It took less than a day for you to point out my mistake -- and attack it without hesitation. Meanwhile, Apple's employees have confirmed Mail.app over the course of months.



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10.4: "I'm to take English lessons from someone called 'freakin'?"
Authored by: apikoros on May 22, '05 10:04:08AM

Given the haughty, superior, nose-in-the-air tone of your original critical post... yes, you are.



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10.4: "I'm to take English lessons from someone called 'freakin'?"
Authored by: apikoros on May 22, '05 10:26:56AM

Given the haughty, superior, nose-in-the-air tone of your original critical post... yes, you are.



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10.4: "I'm to take English lessons from someone called 'freakin'?"
Authored by: apikoros on May 22, '05 10:29:53AM

And, apparently, I need lessons on how to avoid double-posts...



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10.4: Change Mail.app's message priority flags
Authored by: hamarkus on May 22, '05 01:54:45PM

Spell and grammar checks most often only catch typos. (I am however surprised that Word accepts both 'I did...checked' and 'I did ... check'.)



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Heads up: permissions
Authored by: rusto on May 22, '05 09:19:40PM

Note that if you do this mod, the next time you repair permissions you'll get a fair amount of lines notifying you that the permissions of these substitute tif files are repaired.



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