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Color a message background in Mail Apps
Although it's handy to be able to flag an important e-mail message in Mail, there is a more eye-catching method. Click to select a message, then open the Colors window by pressing Command-Shift-C. Choose your preferred color, and it will be applied to the message's background in your inbox or in a folder.

[kirkmc adds: Interesting; I see this hasn't been hinted before. In Lion, you have to actually drag the color from the top section of the window - that shows the selected color in a rectangle - onto a message. In Mountain Lion, just click on a color.

This sets the color of the background of a message; if there were a way to set the color of the text of a message, that would be interesting. I use the latter in a number of Mail rules to make specific senders and accounts stand out, and you can set the background color of messages in rules as well.]
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Color a message background in Mail
Authored by: Riker29 on Sep 10, '12 09:30:28AM

I can't get this to work. I have tried several ways (even the way they says worms in Lion) but can't make this happen.



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Color a message background in Mail
Authored by: Riker29 on Sep 11, '12 01:40:01AM

Duh. My mistake. I got it to work. Cool.



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Color a message background in Mail
Authored by: arcticmac on Sep 10, '12 10:38:49AM

We're talking about setting the background color in the message list? 'cause that's been a feature (exactly as described, no dragging), for about as long as I can remember. I'd say 10.4 at least, but that's just a guess.

I suppose it might matter whether you're using the old (pre 10.7-style) or new (multi-column) message view for whether a drag is required in 10.7?



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Color a message background in Mail
Authored by: ribbo39 on Sep 11, '12 02:25:06AM

Hi,
I've just tried this but it does'nt work for me.

I'm using 10.8.1 and all I can do is enable the text colour not the background.

Even creating a new message, the background remains white also whether i'm using rich text or plain text
makes no difference.

Is there something i'm missing?



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Color a message background in Mail
Authored by: Interactive on Sep 11, '12 05:21:24AM

I am on OS X 10.7.4, and I cannot get this to work.



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Color a message background in Mail
Authored by: Riker29 on Sep 11, '12 08:42:20AM

The hint is not written in the clearest manner.

This method does not change the "background color of an email". When I read that phrase, to me that means that if you are composing a new email and you are typing text into the body, then "background color of an email" sounds like you are going to change the background color of the page that contains the text you are entering.

That is NOT what this hint does.

What it does is change the background color of any particular email shown in a LIST of emails. So for example if you have 6 items listed in your inbox, you can select one of those and use this method to change the background color of that row in the list into which you just dragged or selected the color. So the email message itself is not changed, just how it is shown in a list view in the Mail window.

Changing the background color of an actual email (the color of the background into which you enter the body text) is not what this Hint describes. To change THAT background you need to do something like use one of the pieces of "Stationary" that Mail has. However in my opinion, those are kind of goofy looking and unprofessional. Plus, they are buggy and don't do things like auto-resize very well.



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Authored by: osxpounder on Sep 11, '12 02:06:48PM

Thanks for that. I wish I had seen your comment first (or that kirkmc had edited the hint name).

Wasted time.

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Color a message background in Mail
Authored by: frmr_aplcare on Sep 13, '12 10:36:11AM
This ability has been around for a long time. You can create a rule to do this.
  • open mail prefs
  • go to the rules sheet
  • click Add Rule
  • Select your criteria.

  • In the perform the following actions section, select set color of message then select of text or of background, then select your color. Click ok. After you click OK you will be prompted to apply your new mail rule to existing mail messages.

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