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Mail's View » Organize by Thread option is a great way of seeing one side of an email conversation. Until recently, however, I didn't realize that I could see both sides of that discussion. By selecting multiple mailboxes in the left panel (as described in this hint), Organize by thread will interleave all messages in all selected mailboxes.

So, for instance, with both Inbox and Sent selected, I can see the organized messages from both sources. If I add Drafts to the selection, I can see what I wanted to say in the its full context. It's a great way of seeing both sides of a long-running discussion in Mail.
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Authored by: astack on Feb 03, '10 09:01:38AM
I've been doing this for ages by using a smart folder that includes all messages in both inbox and sent. I used to use the first comment in this hint to write an apple script to randomly change the color label of a conversation to make it easier to distinguish conversations. I never got it fully automated though so I haven't started using it again since I upgraded my PC last year.

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Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Feb 03, '10 10:29:12AM

while it's good to know that mail.app's mailboxes behave in this manner, don't most email conversations, today, contain previous replies in the quoted material below, anyway? i've never encountered anyone who's disabled quoting. so, this hint seems superfluous. :-)



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Authored by: astack on Feb 03, '10 01:55:39PM

I use this mostly as an organizational tool. All the messages belonging to a single conversation are grouped together so it saves space and makes out of sequence or replies from multiple people easier to find.



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Authored by: joekewe on Feb 03, '10 10:37:02AM

Wow. I just noticed this hint works even WITHOUT View by Thread. You can select multiple mailboxes/folders in the left pane and see all of their mail combined in one window. Potentially very helpful. Threaded view is nice too, but I rarely use it. Thanks!



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Authored by: frogmella on Feb 03, '10 10:56:41AM

Uncanny, I just noticed this the other day, and was going to post it as a hint. You saved me a job!

Point taken about reply-quoting, but often different people will reply out of sync so you can't rely on the latest message having the entire thread.

Also, where this is really helpful is with filing: you can select a thread and drag it into another folder in its entirety.



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Authored by: shermandickman on Feb 04, '10 01:16:15PM

Full disclosure: I work for Postbox

Postbox does all of this work for you. It will automatically keeps track of all messages within a conversation, no matter what folder they're stored in. So you could have messages from a single conversation stored in the inbox, sent folder, storage folder, drafts, etc. and Postbox brings them all together into a single chronological view.



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Authored by: m6tt on Aug 20, '10 03:28:01PM

I've been trying for some time now but couldn't find a (maybe obvious to some) solution to one small problem though:
by including my sent messages I get nice conversation threads, but I also get a list of all the messages I sent without responding to any mail (and which don't show up in gmail's inbox for exemple)
Any idea how to hide these?

Mail offers a filter 'has been answered' but not 'is itself an answer' :']



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