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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut Apps
10.6 now allows you to create keyboard shortcuts to file messages in Mail, much like the functionality of software like Mail Act-On. Of course, this technique doesn't provide the same elegant on-screen notification as those add-ons, but it works effectively and doesn't require a Mail bundle to be installed. In 10.5, users could create shortcuts, but they didn't work.

As an example, say you created a mailbox (which looks like a folder in the Mail sidebar) called Newsletters. In System Preferences » Keyboard » Keyboard Shortcuts, create an Application shortcut for Mail, and complete the Menu Title field based on your mailbox name (Newsletters, in this example). As always, menu titles must match exactly (including capitalization) and mnemonic shortcuts are easiest to remember.

Due to the increasing number of shortcuts used by Apple, plus my own extensive use of custom shortcuts, I find shortcuts which include the Control key very helpful, because they're not likely to conflict with existing shortcuts, and they are not easy to accidentally invoke.
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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 08, '09 07:55:44AM
I think you still have to use the trick described in this hint to file in iTunes, namely, you have to first right-click on the items you want to file then press the keyboard shortcut.

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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Drdul on Oct 08, '09 08:26:42AM

No right-clicking required. Simply select the message(s) you want to move, hit the keyboard shortcut, and voilĂ ! This is a great hint, as I have been looking for an easy way to move messages to one particular mailbox.

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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: jhaffner on Oct 08, '09 08:48:34AM

I still miss Eudora's navigation of mailboxes by keyboard <sigh>.

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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: JaxMyers on Oct 08, '09 10:23:40AM

I tried this once and instead of moving the files to the appropriate mailbox, it COPIED them instead. This is because in the Messages menu in Mail, there is a "move to" and a "copy to" option. If I tell the keyboard shortcut that I want a specific short cut for my "Personal" mailbox for example, it will move rather than copy the selected message because C comes before M in the alphabet. Does anybody know what I am talking about? I can't figure out how to specify which submenu item my shortcut will activate.



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: granolamike on Oct 08, '09 01:27:18PM

Yes, my experience exactly as well.



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: rusto on Oct 09, '09 07:58:52AM

Odd, the hint works perfectly for me: moves the targeted email, doesn't copy it.



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: granolamike on Oct 09, '09 03:16:45PM

Well, I tried it again now, and by golly, it does move rather than copy. Could have sworn I tried this already under 10.6 and it only copied. But hey, I'll take it. Using 10.6.1 and ctrl-G for my shortcut (defined as a Mail.app-only shortcut).



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: JaxMyers on Oct 09, '09 09:46:42PM

I tried it again and it copies rather than movies. How do you do it? What am I doing wrong?



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Breze on Oct 09, '09 11:17:28PM

I also made the experience that the shortcut rather copied my mails instead of moving them. But I think I might have found the solution for this: Try moving a mail by using your mouse and the normal way through the menu. After I moved one email manually, my shortcuts also moved emails (instead of copying them).

Let me know if this also works for you!



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Altercation on Oct 08, '09 10:38:18AM
I created an account here just for this reply... there are few apps that truly and fundamentally alter my daily workflow, but the one that I absolute cannot live without is MsgFiler (yes, it's spelled like that).

Think quicksilver for Mail. It takes the currently selected messages in mail, brings up a window that matches agains (and here's the important part) a partial, non-contiguous string and then moves the message there (optionally marking the message as read).

I'm a hierarchical filer. I have a lot of folders. I've tried tags but folders still work best for me. If you have lots of folders in Mail.app, I encourage you to check out MsgFiler. Without I can't get close to an empty inbox, but with it I can keep things pretty well cleared out.

http://www.tow.com/msgfiler/

Note that the other important point for me is that the developer keeps it updated. A snow leopard version was available pretty much immediately with the release of SL. If this app every goes away I will cry (manly, inside crying, but cry nonetheless).

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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: tinb on Oct 09, '09 08:08:37AM

Great! That's what I needed!
Downloaded, installed, tested, cheered, paid!

I am also user of Mail Act-On, but MsgFiler is a great companion, if not a replacement - at least for my needs.



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: knujon on Oct 09, '09 10:49:39AM

Seconded -- MsgFiler is just what I needed. And like tinb I downloaded, used, liked, and bought. Well worth $8. Not sure I'll be needing Mail Act-On anymore.

Thanks very much for the recommendation.



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: V.K. on Oct 08, '09 04:11:04PM

Nothing has changed about this since 10.5 and this method suffers from the exact same problem that was present in 10.5. You can create such a shortcut but it will be present in both "Copy To" and "Move To" submenus of the message menu. As the result, using this shortcut will copy the message instead of moving it. This problem always arises when trying to create a shortcut to a non-unique menu item. Again, nothing new or different from 10.5 here.



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: NaOH-Lye on Oct 08, '09 06:04:16PM

In contrast to your experience, setting this up in 10.5 has no effect on my machine (neither a copy nor a move of the message). In 10.6 I get the desired effect of the message being moved.



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: rcivitarese on Oct 09, '09 02:21:22AM

I have a different approach for a different problem. I have multiple e-mail accounts; i read all together emails in my inbox, then i select some of them and i want to file them in a folder 'read' specific for the account. So each message must be filed in the specific 'read' folder of the account that received it. If a message has a flag, must remain in the inbox folder.

Well i wrote a small applescript that i run with FastScript. Here it is: (please note that the folder name 'read' is hardcoded but can be changed easily)

tell application "Mail"
set the_selection to selection
if (count of the selection) is equal to 0 then
display dialog "Please select a message in Mail first, then run this script again."
else
repeat with eachItem in the_selection
if (not the flagged status of eachItem) then -- non muove i messaggi flaggati
set theAccount to account of mailbox of eachItem
set mailbox of eachItem to mailbox "Read" of theAccount
end if
end repeat
end if
end tell



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: JaxMyers on Oct 10, '09 05:31:48PM

Hey, you're right it works, but first you have to move a few messages manually. Does that mean that if an item is in two different submenus, OS X choses the menu that you most recently used? Since I never use Copy To, this seems like it will be perfect! Thanks for your help.



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: sven on Oct 14, '09 09:08:18AM

Strange: I noticed this hint stopped working after I restarted Mail. Only after clicking on "Message" -> "Move To", thus 'exposing' the menu with the shortcuts, does it work again. Makes me wonder if that's what's deciding between "copy" and "move" for you guys -- which one you "exposed" first.



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: igamogam on Oct 14, '09 09:14:08AM

I experience exactly the same thing. When I quit mail and then re-open it I have to go back to square one and use the dropdown menu for the first move then it's OK for the rest of that session.

There must be some way to make this a permament shortcut?



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10.6: Move message in Mail via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: jonathanberger on Nov 11, '11 03:45:26PM

In 10.7 Lion, it automatically assigns keyboard shortcuts for moving to your Favorite Bar mailboxes.

See:
Mailbox > Move to Favorite Mailbox



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