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10.6: Remove some previous replies from Mail thread Apps
The longer an email conversation goes on, the lower the signal-to-noise ratio of new messages. Mail in Snow Leopard introduces a way to quickly highlight and delete a block of previous replies.

When you're replying to a message, single-click within a previous reply. You'll notice a gray box with an "X" in the top-left corner enclosing that reply, and any replies within it. Click the "X" to remove the selected replies. Unfortunately, it leaves the attribution and one empty line, and the logic it uses for detecting replies is a little flaky, but it's a start.

I've posted some screenshots if you're curious.

[robg adds: In 10.5, you could use this technique to remove certain blocks from forwarded HTML messages. In 10.6, it seems the feature has been extended to help trim conversations.]
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10.6: Remove some previous replies from Mail thread
Authored by: earthsaver on Oct 13, '09 08:07:24AM

This must be specific to HTML messages because when I reply to a message, those frames don't exist.

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10.6: Remove some previous replies from Mail thread
Authored by: timcrawf on Oct 13, '09 04:21:40PM

I don't see this in plain text emails either.



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10.6: Remove some previous replies from Mail thread
Authored by: club60.org on Oct 13, '09 09:44:28AM

I confirm that this is just a duplicate hint. Nothing have changed since 10.5. It works for Rich Text messages only. As before.



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10.6: Remove some previous replies from Mail thread
Authored by: bclennox on Oct 13, '09 01:50:12PM

That would explain why it's so inconsistent. I've actually found myself using this very little since I first discovered it because I can never really tell when it's going to work.



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10.6: Remove some previous replies from Mail thread
Authored by: PCheese on Oct 14, '09 02:21:45PM

As others have noted, this is not anything new in Snow Leopard. It's just a particular use case of a Mail feature from Leopard that lets you quickly remove chunks from HTML emails. You'll see the same behavior if you "Mail Contents of This Page" from Safari, for instance. Therefore this will only work with replies to some HTML-formatted emails, not plain-text emails.



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