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Leave original message open in Mail when replying Apps
I haven't seen this rather simple hint in my site search, but I found this really useful, so here it is...

When replying to a message in Mail (when viewing the message in its own window), the message window will close after hitting "Reply" or "Reply to All." But sometimes I need to leave the mail message open when replying (when it contains vital information I need to see for the reply), and it's a hassle to have the message close when replying and then have to open it again.

Knowing that there must be a way to do this, I pressed the Option key and clicked on the "Reply" button. Voila! The original message remains open! This also works for the Reply All button.
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Leave original message open in Mail when replying
Authored by: luhmann on Sep 12, '05 11:47:02AM

That option key sure is magic ain't it?



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Leave original message open in Mail when replying
Authored by: osxpounder on Sep 12, '05 11:55:36AM

Thanks very much for pointing that out! I appreciate the time and the mouse clicks you've saved me.

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Leave original message open in Mail when replying
Authored by: mike3k on Sep 12, '05 12:05:15PM

Why not just use the preview pane? I almost NEVER open a message in a new window since you can see it just as well in the 3-pane view.



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Leave original message open in Mail when replying
Authored by: Bölverk on Sep 12, '05 06:06:25PM

I tend to be slow about replying to my e-mail, so I generally open anything needing a reply in a new window so that I don't forget about it when new e-mail comes in (as might be the case if I only viewed things in the preview pane). I've found that works better as a reminder than using the "flag" feature, which is too easy to ignore.



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Leave original message open in Mail when replying
Authored by: jiclark on Sep 13, '05 07:15:42PM

A variation on your technique, but one requiring less work: I simply start my reply instead. I even select the text snippet(s) that I specifically want to reply to, so they're there waiting for me when I get around to replying.

The cool thing is, Mail automatically saves these waiting replies after about a minute. That way, they're still there if you quit (or as seems to happen more and more often in Tiger) it "unexpectedly" quits.

Try it, it works great for us procrastinators!



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