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Using Flags in Mail for organization Apps
Organizing your e-mail can be difficult. There are Smart Mailboxes, of course, but what if you would like more arbitrary control?

Apple's Mail app includes seven flags of indifferent colors (a bit like the old Finder labels, ahem). But what if you can't remember what each color represents? Once you have flagged a message with a given flag, you will see a mailbox for it appear under Flagged. Click on the triangle next to Flagged to see the mailbox associated with each Flag.

Each of the mailboxes may then be renamed by right-clicking on it. The new name for the flag will now appear everywhere that the flag's name appears.

[crarko adds: I assume this is Mavericks only, but I could be forgetful.]
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Using Flags in Mail for organization
Authored by: Alphaman on Feb 05, '14 02:00:24PM

No, it does it in Mountain Lion, too.
Just be forewarned: if you have iCloud setup on multiple Macs, the names of these flags as well as any rules you may create on one Mac will appear on another. This can be great, or it can be a surprise the first time you see the wrong label on something that was automatically flagged by a rule.



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Authored by: benwiggy on Feb 06, '14 01:18:39AM

Yes, I should have mentioned that iCloud copies the flag labels. (And Smart Mailboxes, too).
Unfortunately, installing a point update to the OS seems to reset the names back to the colours.



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Authored by: ddauerbach on Feb 06, '14 08:02:08AM

These are just smart mailboxes, which you can create yourself using the flags as criteria. So, wouldn't a smart mailbox, created from scratch using a flag as criterion, and with any name you like a) do the job and b) survive point updates?



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Authored by: MacManager on Mar 05, '14 02:19:39PM

Last time I tried any flagged messages that were outside of my inbox didn't appear in the special 'Flagged' mailboxes on iOS though... In the inbox works as expected.



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