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A shortcut to Reply All in Mail.app Apps
I'm not sure how long this has been a part of OS X, but I've long lamented that Mail.app doesn't allow me to switch easily back and forth between 'Reply to Sender only' and 'Reply All' mode when composing an e-mail reply (as Entourage does).

Well, it turns out that it does. Whichever reply option you have chosen, the button at the top of your compose window will show the opposite. Simply click it to switch to the different option. You can also use Command+R to switch back to 'Reply to sender' mode from 'Reply All' and Command+Shift+R to switch back to 'Reply All' mode.

I realize this isn't exactly rocket science and may not even qualify as a hint, but I figured if I've missed this all these years, maybe others have too.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I always just used the buttons in the Toolbar to pick Reply or Reply All. The method described in the hint works too.]
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A shortcut to Reply All in Mail.app
Authored by: cran on Jan 26, '11 07:36:18AM

how could I miss that! Helps a lot, thank you!



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A shortcut to Reply All in Mail.app
Authored by: mkhaw on Jan 26, '11 08:19:25AM

I just use cmd+R to reply to sender, and cmd+shift+R to reply to all



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A shortcut to Reply All in Mail.app
Authored by: scottcn on Jan 26, '11 09:27:52AM

I love it! All too often, I have hit "reply" when I meant "reply all" and have had to close the message, dismiss the "save this message as draft" dialog box, and start over. Never again!



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A shortcut to Reply All in Mail.app
Authored by: michelle_eris on Jan 26, '11 09:59:58AM

This has been in mail.app since Mac OS X 10.0.



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A shortcut to Reply All in Mail.app
Authored by: rhowell on Jan 26, '11 01:06:44PM

How does Entourage do this (easier)?



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A shortcut to Reply All in Mail.app
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 26, '11 01:50:31PM

MANY thanks for this hint. The best part, for me, was that you taught me how to change a message, while I'm composing it, from Reply to Reply All, and vice versa. I didn't realize I could do it. Bonus points for showing us 2 ways: keyboard shortcut or mouse click.

This will save me time every day. Love it!



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A shortcut to Reply All in Mail.app
Authored by: digs0 on Jan 26, '11 03:54:44PM

rhowell, I'm not sure I'd say (or did say) that Entourage does it more easily. But I was used to using it there, since they highlight it rather prominently -- if you choose to reply just to sender, there will be a message at the top of your e-mail window reading "This reply will be sent to the sender only." And a link to "Reply all." I just never noticed that Mail.app offers the same thing, because it's more subtle. For years, if I mistakenly chose the wrong "reply" mode, I would close the e-mail and then re-hit the right "reply" button. Now I can easily switch back and forth.

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DJR



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Quickly resend
Authored by: zpjet on Jan 26, '11 11:56:26PM

Whoa, the next hint will be about using Cmd-Shift-D for either Send or Send Again (go to send, highlight a message and press the shortcut twice to resend a message).

A hint should be something undocumented and non-obvious.



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Quickly resend
Authored by: crarko on Jan 27, '11 08:42:15AM

I guess everybody's 'obvious' is not the same.



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Quickly resend
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 27, '11 04:01:15PM

I never realized you could switch between the two while composing the reply- I think that's pretty cool. (But for that matter, I never realized - ie. never bothered to check - the shortcut for send - CMD-Shift-D? Why?) I've never really thought a hint needs to be undocumented. How many of us actually read all the documentation on everything? I'm sure half the hints on here are documented somewhere.



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