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10.7: Disclosing messages in a conversation in the middle column of Mail Apps
I was bothered by the fact that I could not easily change the state of a message within a conversation from 'unread' to 'read.' That is when one clicks on a thread in the middle pane of mail, one can read all incoming messages in a conversation, but this does not change the state of all the messages. You actually have to click on each individual message.

So playing around, I discovered that hitting the Right-arrow key unrolls the entire list of incoming messages in a conversation right in the middle column immediately under the cluster list item. It is now only a matter of navigation with the arrow key to read, and hence, change the state of message, and then come back to the original conversation cluster item. You can then close the list by hitting the Left-arrow key.

[crarko adds: This seems like a pretty handy shortcut.]
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Or check your prefs
Authored by: lullabud on Oct 07, '11 08:03:23AM

Enabling Prefs -> Viewing -> "Mark all messages as read when opening a conversation" and "Include related messages" should do the trick.



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10.7: Disclosing messages in a conversation in the middle column of Mail
Authored by: giulio on Oct 07, '11 09:17:11AM

You can also click the number-of-messages badge in the thread in the middle column. That expands/contracts the thread message list in the middle column.

But if you click the thread in the middle column, click the read/unread buttons to apply the status to all messages in that thread.

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Opt-Up/Down
Authored by: sr105 on Oct 07, '11 03:20:27PM

You can move through the messages with Opt-Up/Down



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