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10.7: Changing Mailbox display sizes in Mail Apps
Apple has done a huge revamp of its Mail application. By default, you don't even see your list of Mailboxes along the left side of the main window. You can restore that view simply by going to View/Show Mailbox List.

Unfortunately, in my case, the Mailboxes were displayed much larger than I had them set in the previous version of Mail, with no available way to change the size from within the Mail app. The View/Use Small Mailbox Icons command is gone.

After a bit of digging around, I found the solution. Apple apparently now considers the Mailbox list to be a Sidebar, similar to the Sidebar in a Finder window. To change the size of the Mailbox List, navigate to System Preferences » General, where you will see a new option -- Sidebar icon size, with a choice of Small, Medium and Large. In my case, it was set to Medium. Simply choose your favorite size and your Mailboxes will now look the way you want them to.

One caveat: this setting affects ALL Sidebars, including those in the Finder. There is no longer a way to set the Mailbox size separately. Now, that would be a nice one for someone to figure out.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I don't know about other people, but I prefer that application preferences be tied to the application, and not a global setting like this.]
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10.7: Changing Mailbox display sizes in Mail
Authored by: arvee on Jul 22, '11 08:01:40AM

Great! First thing i was missing.



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10.7: Changing Mailbox display sizes in Mail
Authored by: davidkisley on Jul 22, '11 08:18:26AM

For me, i prefer the global setting, set once and all apps new and otherwise apply. Then, have an advanced override setting in the app preferences for those exceptions.

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10.7: Changing Mailbox display sizes in Mail
Authored by: hughescr on Jul 22, '11 09:11:05AM

Oh thank god. You just saved my life.



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10.7: Changing Mailbox display sizes in Mail
Authored by: signs on Jul 22, '11 01:25:30PM

And you just improved mine! Genius! Thanks!



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10.7: Changing Mailbox display sizes in Mail
Authored by: TheCase on Jul 22, '11 03:53:19PM

Thanks a ton. Looks like what I was used to before... way better - both Finder and Mail sidebars...



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10.7: Changing Mailbox display sizes in Mail
Authored by: poenn on Jul 24, '11 10:23:17AM

You sir, are a legend! :-) Iím quite happy, because I was annoyed by the huge Finder sidebar icons as well. So itís no problem that this changes both. But as crarko said: I would also like this to be a per application setting, not such a stupidly hidden global one...



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10.7: Changing Mailbox display sizes in Mail
Authored by: arcticmac on Jul 25, '11 05:38:55PM

I don't have lion yet to experiment with, but I'm guessing the new pref is something that goes in the global domain for NSUserDefaults. That is, if you do a
defaults read -g
that one of the keys you see output will be the one that got changed. Now, SOME of those global settings get checked on a per app basis first (may depend on the app, as well as the setting), so it's possible that you could use defaults write to override it on a per-app basis.

Still need to figure out how I'm going to run my 5-yr-old copy of photoshop and illustrator before I can upgrade to the new big cat though... :(



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10.7: Changing Mailbox display sizes in Mail
Authored by: pck on Aug 08, '11 02:29:59PM
That's definitely a lot better, but it's still bigger than I like...anyone found a way to map those "1", "2" and "3" into other sizes/fonts so we can actually get it back to where we like it even better?

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