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Remove portions of forwarded HTML mail in Apps
I couldn't find this documented anywhere, but I'm not sure what you would call it, so maybe I was just looking for the wrong thing.

In (Leopard, not sure of Tiger), when you forward an HTML-encoded email, you can forward only portions of the message. When you click on sections of the message, a border is drawn around each section of the content (based on the HTML block structure of the message) with close/delete widget in the upper left corner (like those to delete Dashboard widgets). Click the close box, and you'll remove that section of the original email.

This seems like it could be occasionally useful when you want to forward only forward some snippet of an email, without graphics, footers, or possibly ads.
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Remove portions of forwarded HTML mail in
Authored by: etresoft on May 15, '08 08:44:44AM

I've known about this for a while, but never posted a hint about it. I guess I should have.

What you can edit depends on how the HTML was formatted. The close box is attached to div tags I think. You can also edit the HTML. Just select the offending text and type right over it. You may need to do this to remove some of the ads.

You can also do the same thing when copying and pasting from an HTML page. Just last night I copied a sample table from a web page into an e-mail and edited the table to use my own values.

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Remove portions of forwarded HTML mail in
Authored by: slswift on May 19, '08 12:06:48PM

Yes, definitley depends on the HTML code. Sending this very page with Command-I produced an email with no elements which could be deleted.

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Authored by: maczen on May 15, '08 09:26:43AM

You knew about, heck I submitted it. I guess it is more of a spring hint than late winter, per se.

Here is the response from RobG;

Mon, 24 Mar 2008 05:06:48 -0700
Message-Id: <>
To: maczen <>
Subject: Your macosxhints submission
From: Rob Griffiths <>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 05:06:48 -0700
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
X-Mailer: GeekLog 1.4.0sr5

You wrote:

If you send a webpage to email (command-I) in Safari you can delete certain HTML elements from the draft email in

Just click on the element, e.g. the title bar, it will be highlighted by a black box with an X at the upper corner. Click the X and that element will be removed from the email. It does not appear you can select an element and then cut it from the page and place it in a new email.

I find this quite handy when I want to email just the contents of a story and do not want to include all the ads, sidebars, etc..

Since the "x" shows up when you simply hover over elements, this isn't really a hidden hint per se...


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