7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 22, 2014 6:24 AM by Shak4u
jtd18 Level 1 (5 points)

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)
  • jtd18 Level 1 (5 points)

    No responses so far, so maybe this isn't possible yet.  Just in case, I submitted the request to Apple for future consideration.  If you would also like this functionality, please send them a request as well (http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html).

  • drdocument Level 4 (3,010 points)

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

  • CT Level 6 (17,545 points)

    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 (3,010 points)

    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.

  • jtd18 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks Charlie,

    This is exactly how I've configured Mail for the time being.  I'd like to use the actual Message Preview window rather than only relying on the List Preview, but the set up you described will work fine until Apple allows the functionality I described.


    I appreciate your suggestions!

  • jtd18 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you.

  • Shak4u Level 1 (0 points)

    true preview can do the trick for you.  http://christianserving.org/

    note that it is currently not supported on mail 7.2 release.