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Apple Mail Sort by "From"

587 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2014 12:22 PM by John Mcdonnell RSS
Digijohn Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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Mar 30, 2013 7:43 PM

I just moved from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. A very hand feature of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard was the ability to do a search and sort by "from". Is there some secret way of doing this in Moutain Lion I am unaware of? Mail in Mountain Lion seems to limit your search and sort to "by subject" and "by entire message".


Thanks for any help.

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,205 points)
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    Mar 30, 2013 8:25 PM (in response to Digijohn)

    If you type their name in the search box, it should give you a 'lozenge" thing that you can select from: a particular person.  This is to search by, not to sort by.


    It's easy to sort by a column if you're using the "classic' view with the previews at the top of the screen.  With the "three pane" view with the previews at left, I'm not aware of any easy way to sort.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,270 points)
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    Mar 30, 2013 10:06 PM (in response to Digijohn)

    When you type into the search field, Mail identifies all categories the text belongs, People, Subject, Mailbox, etc.

    It displays those categories below the search field. If you pick one, it limits the search to exactly that combination. If you don't select any of them, it searches the entire message.


    You sort the messages by using the sort field at the top of the message list.


    If you are not getting all the categories to choose from, and the search phrase should be generating category matches, then you need to re-index Spotlight.

  • John Mcdonnell Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2014 12:22 PM (in response to Digijohn)

    A year later, ran into same problem when going from snow leopard to mavericks.  The search brings up way more items than I am looking for.  Turns out the search by "from" and "to" and "subject" are still there, they are just hidden.  (don't know what apple genius decided to hide useful buttons--how many safari users never figure out where the download "ghost box" is?).  Here is how it works.  You put your search term (george) in the mail search box.  As the search is going on, a menu will appear underneath, saying "message contains george."  BUT if you then click on those words, a new option will appear in the search box, with a drop down menu that has the old "from" "to" subject" etc. options.  Guess the old way was just too easy.


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