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Masego Calculating status...
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Feb 9, 2011 4:08 AM
Years ago, in much earlier mail programs, we were able to write-over the subject of a saved incoming email. At some point that function was no longer there. Is it possible to work around this?

What I mean: I receive an email from someone. I want to save it. But first I want to write my own words into the subject line before saving it.

Thanks for you help!
Autumn
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Feb 9, 2011 5:50 AM (in response to Masego)
    Masego,

    Sorry, you can't edit the subject line unless you forward or reply to an email.

    Regards
    iMac 27" i7, iMac 20", Mini(2010) Server, MBPro, MBAir, iPhone 3GS, TV, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Feb 9, 2011 6:45 AM (in response to Masego)
    Autumn,

    Here is the link for feedback:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/

    Regards,
    Captfred
    iMac 27" i7, iMac 20", Mini(2010) Server, MBPro, MBAir, iPhone 3GS, TV, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Ken Stone Calculating status...
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    Feb 9, 2011 7:44 AM (in response to Masego)
    Yup. Another reason to feel nostalgic about Eudora.
    Intel iMac, MB Air, iPod Touch, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Ken Stone Level 3 Level 3 (500 points)
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    Feb 10, 2011 6:17 AM (in response to Masego)
    Eudora was not Apple. In fact there was a Windows version as well. I remember reading that someone is trying to update it and sell in for profit mode.

    Re: feedback: go to Mail and click on the Mail menu, then you will see where to leave feedback.
    Intel iMac, MB Air, iPod Touch, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • iBlick Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Jun 11, 2012 10:59 PM (in response to Masego)

    Actually, there is a workaround for this. Drag the email into your Drafts folder, open it and edit the subject line. Save it and drag it back to whatever folder you desire. This works, but the drawback is that the time/date stamp change to be the time and date you edited the subject line. Not pretty, but it does work.

  • baron875 Calculating status...
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    Aug 6, 2012 9:41 PM (in response to Masego)

    Highlight the message and hit "Redirect". Edit the subject line and close the message saving as a draft. Open the "Draft" folder and move the message into the original mailbox. Open the original mailbox and the new edited message appears. You can then delete the original message because nothing has changed in the redirected message except for the edited subject line. It keeps all of the other original data.

  • ericfromwi Calculating status...
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    Dec 18, 2012 8:09 PM (in response to baron875)

    @Baron875, your answer is not entirely correct. Your method does NOT save all the original data. The original date of the message is changed to the date and time that you edited it! For business, this fixes one problem but creates another!! The only real answer to this question, which has been frustrating me ever since I switched to Mac, is to go back to Microsoft Outlook where it is simple to change the subject line... something that should be a no-brainer function for any mail client programmer. I really like Mail overall, but some of these idiotic shortfalls drive me nuts. I am becoming more and more convinced that Apple does NOT have the brightest programmers, as some people like to think.

  • baron875 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to ericfromwi)

    Hmmm, I thought it did but decided to re-check just to be sure. Well, it doesn't change the date and time on my machine. It seems to keep all of the original data for me and several others that have responded to my message. I'm curious why it doesn't on your machine and would like to investigate this with you if you have some time.

    Thanks,

    Rick

     

    rictor.junk@gmail.com

  • iBlick Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 3:38 PM (in response to baron875)

    I've tried your method twice. The first time it did not change the time stamp; the second time it did. I am using OSX 10.7.5 and Mail 5.3.

  • Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,760 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 3:41 PM (in response to baron875)

    On mine it keeps everything the same except for Date Sent.  Date Received is not altered.

  • baron875 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 5:16 PM (in response to Badunit)

    Is it possible that the Date Sent you're referring to is really the Resent Date?

     

    On my version, Mail 4.6, OSX 10.6.8, using "Long Headers" only shows "Date" which shows the originally received date and "Resent Date" which is the date I modified the subject. Typically only "Date" shows up in my message window because I use "Default Headers" and "Date"(received date) is really the date I'm trying to preserve and is the only date in the original message as "resent date" is generated only after I re-direct the message. I can live with that but you guys are right, I wish Apple would expand their mail editing capabilities.

  • baron875 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 5:12 PM (in response to iBlick)

    Maybe Einstein was wrong when he said, "Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results." He apparently never had to deal with Apple Mail.

     

    Did you try two different messages or the same message twice?  I've never tried the latter.

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