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10.6: Forward multiple emails as one message in Mail Apps
This old Mail hint explains how to forward any number of messages as one new message. You just select and copy the emails of interest, create a new message, and then paste the copied messages into the new message's body. I use this trick quite often, but found that it broke in 10.6.

After some experimentation, and help from a friend, we figured out the problem: it now only works if you create the new message as rich text, not plain text. If you try to paste the copied messages into a plain text message, nothing happens. But when set to rich text, the copied messages paste fine. Once pasted, you can convert the message back to plain text mode, if you wish.

Because I prefer to use plain text, I've got Mail's preferences set to create new messages in plain text mode. To use the old hint in 10.6, I hit Shift-Command-T (Format » Make Rich Text) after creating the new message, which forces it into rich text mode. Then I paste the copied messages, and hit Shift-Command-T again to switch back to plain text mode. A bit more work, but at least it still works.
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10.6: Forward multiple emails as one message in Mail
Authored by: macavenger on Sep 02, '09 08:10:21AM

Ummm... last I checked, you could forward any number of messages as one new message just by selecting the messages and clicking "forward". No copy and paste needed. What am I missing here?

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10.6: Forward multiple emails as one message in Mail
Authored by: jcbeckman on Sep 02, '09 08:16:48AM

I do the same as you - I have never done a copy/paste to forward a group of messages.



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10.6: Forward multiple emails as one message in Mail
Authored by: bedouin on Sep 02, '09 09:20:21AM

Same experience here. I think I even submitted it as a hint once and it was a duplicate.



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10.6: Forward multiple emails as one message in Mail
Authored by: macavenger on Sep 02, '09 08:13:05AM

Actually, I just double-checked the linked hint, and it mentions nothing about copy and paste either - actually, it's exactly what I just mentioned. So now I'm really confused as to why the author of this hint talks about copy and paste. :p

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10.6: Forward multiple emails as one message in Mail
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on Sep 02, '09 07:00:47PM

Also, the Append button is designed precisely for this task.



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