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Use mail views, and hide the preview pane
Authored by: thinkyhead on Jul 04, '02 09:40:48PM

Mail views can come in handy if you have a lot of rules to move items to their own folders as they arrive. I keep just a small window open to the "Unread" mail view with both the folder list and preview pane hidden. All new messages appear in this small window as they arrive. Once I've read a few messages, deleted them, or whatever, I press Command-L to refresh the list. If I need to do any mail-organizing I just open a second mail window with Command-option-shift-N.

By keeping the preview pane hidden I'm guaranteed that spammers can't use embedded images or javascript in the email to determine if I've received their message, and I don't have to wait for complex emails to render before I can delete them.

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hide preview pane - good!
Authored by: mclbruce on Jul 05, '02 12:45:56AM

I wish I'd mentioned hiding the preview pane in my original post. I'm glad you brought it up. For me hiding the preview pane is automatic an any email client. It's definitely safer.

Once in a while I get someone who can't delete an email. When they click on the email, Outlook Express (or whatever) freezes up. Turning off the preview pane usually solves that problem. The problem email can be selected without trying to display, and then deleted.

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