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OS X Mail: Preview and keep Unread

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Oct 25, 2012 2:05 PM

I've recently begun using Mac OS X Mail 6.2, and I have a simple question.  How can I use the Message Preview window, without the email automatically being marked as Read?  I wish to keep the email marked as Unread until I actually open it.


Thank you.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 9:38 AM (in response to jtd18)

    You're not the first to ask this. Haven't seen an answer yet, but one may appear.

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,985 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 9:48 AM (in response to jtd18)

    Some possibilities:


    In Mail, Preferences, Viewing, there is a menu called "List Preview" which shows how many lines of a message to show without actually reading the message.  Also, you can just close the preview part of the window (double-click the left hand border of it). Then you can click on messages - selecting them - and not read them. You have to double-click on them, or press return to read them. And they open in their own window.


    Also, if you read one unintentionally, just select it and press command-shift-u to mark it unread again.



  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 9:53 AM (in response to CT)

    And if you decide you don't like the result, you can bring back the message viewing column by dragging the right-hand edge of the message list window to the left.


    Live & learn.


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