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Return to previous message in conversation in Mail Apps
If you organize your messages by conversation (View » Organize by Thread), you can press Option-Space to go to the previous (older) message in the currently-selected conversation (while Space goes to the next (newer) message).

[robg adds: This is different than using Shift-Space (and Space) to navigate the message list -- Option-Space will only work within the current conversation, while Shift-Space goes through the entire message list.]
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Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 28, '09 09:13:30AM

Actually, this works even when you are not organized by thread. In fact, that would seem to be the only place where it could be useful. Otherwise, it just does the same as Shift-Space, unless you are at the top of the thread, where it does nothing.



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Authored by: bitwise on Oct 28, '09 07:58:06PM

Does anyone know how to go to the first or last message in a list without using the mouse?



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Authored by: gopes on Oct 28, '09 09:42:30PM

It's not pretty, but ⌘–A to select all, ⇧–↑, ↓ to view the last message and ⇧–↓, ↑ to view the first one.



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Authored by: bitwise on Oct 29, '09 02:14:51PM

Thanks for your suggestion. Your method does work for selecting the last message, but frustratingly it doesn't work for me when trying to select the first message. Oh well, half way better than no way.



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Authored by: efge on Nov 01, '09 09:08:12AM
Type ⌥–↑ or ⌥ –↓ and keep them pressed for one second, this will move to the very first or last message of the current folder or view.

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Authored by: gopes on Oct 28, '09 09:48:35PM

You can also use ⌥–↑ and –↓ to go either direction in, well both threaded and flat views (like ⌥–space), but in threaded view the arrow keys work fine on their own.



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