Open Links From Mail in The Background

If you get e-mails that has several links embeded in them you can open the links in the background of the default web browser (Firefox for me). The process is the same as opening a new tab in Safari. Just command + click on the link and it will open a new tab in the web browser and not bring the web browser to the front. Give this a shot next time you are trying to get through your e-mails and don't want to be distracted by the you tube video your sister sent you a link to.

Change the Quote Level In Mail

If you need to change the quote level in a message from use the Command and Option keys. To lower the quote level press Option-Command-' (thats the apostrophe). To raise the level just use Command - ' As Mac says a good way to remember this is to "remember that you are simply pressing Command and the button you use to signify quotes in general text."

Shortcuts for mailboxes in Mail

Did you know that you can use some keyboard shortcuts in Mail to navigate from Mailbox to Mailbox? The order you have them listed on the side bar is will correlate to which Command + number you need to use, for me the List is:

  • Command - 1: Inbox
  • Command - 2: Outbox
  • Command - 3: Drafts
  • Command - 4: Sent
  • Command - 5: Trash
  • Command - 6: Junk
  • Command - 7: Notes
  • Command - 8: To-Do

Give them a try and let me know how it works for you.

Reader Question: How Do I Make A Distribution List in Mail?

I received a question from a reader today asking me how to set up a distribution list like he had on his Windows machine with Outlook. My response to his was this:

  1. Make sure that you have an Address card in Address Book for each of the people you want on the list.
  2. Create a New Group by selecting the "+" button under the Group area.
  3. Name the Group like you did in Outlook.
  4. From your Address Book entries Drag and Drop the names of the people you want in the Group to the group name.
  5. Now open up Mail and in the "TO:" Field type the name of the Group you created.
  6. Type your e-mail [...]

Organizing threads in Mail!

Do you want to have your to organize your conversations like gmail? If so its a very easy thing to toggle on and off. All you have to do is:

  1. Right-click in the toolbar.
  2. Choose "Customize Toolbar...".
  3. Add the "Threads" button.When you click on it, you inbox will automatically adjust, sorting everything by conversation.
  4. Clicking on the blue arrow at the left of a message (a message that contains many more) will let you see every email in the thread.

What makes this even better than Gmail is that it is really easy to activate or deactivate it.

Why Do I Get Winmail.dat Attachments In Mail?

Winmail.dat are e-mails that have been sent to you from someone who is using Outlook on the Dark Windows side. Not only have they sent it from out look by they have used rich text format. There is only one major problem with using Outlook in conjunction with Rich Text, you must use outlook to read the message as well. If you use any other program to read the message you will see this attachment in your e-mail. Some e-mail readers will let you see some off the text but not any of the formatting that is used some will display on the Winmail.dat attachment. There appear to be 2 fixes for this [...]

Hack Attack: Set Custom “Ringtones” for Your Email Inbox

Custom ringtones on our phones have been making it easy to tell who's calling without looking at our phones for years now, so why aren't we doing the same thing with our incoming email? Today I'll show you how to set up custom alerts with your favorite desktop email client to minimize email distraction without missing important messages.

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Links In The Subject Line

Did you know that in leopard new that if you put a link in the subject line it is clickable for the reader? As is stated on "The Apple Blog" they have never notice this themselves and I can say i have not either. Give it a try next time you are sending a friend and e-mail for a cool site you may have found.

How To Make Custom Stationery

I have been looking for a way to make my own stationery since I heard Leopard would allow us to put stationery in I found a really good tutorial over at He goes to really good depth on his tutorial. Take a look at the article here.

UPDATE: It looks like this article is no longer online. The link is dead and forwarding to  a dead link.

I have added the text and comments from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine July 5th 2008 below.

Original Post
October 29th, 2007 by steveblue

This post will outline everything someone will need who wants to start designing [...]

Add To The Stationery Pack in

Over at, there is a new stationery pack that adds over 100 different choices to your Stationery picker. Follow the link below and sort through all the different options. The only down fall to this is that they are charging for it. is asking 24.95 euro. I am not sure if it is worth that to have over 100 choices but if it is to you then please tell them you heard it from us.