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How Do I Stop Mail Marking a Message As Read When Another Has Been Deleted?

Is there a way to stop Mail marking a message as Read just because it has the focus after an adjacent message has been deleted?

There is nothing in the Mail Preferences that seems relevant.

I like to skim through unread messages and delete those of no interest. However, this results in Mail marking other messages as Read (that I have not and want to read later) because of the deletions.
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Eric

Comments: 4 Responses to “How Do I Stop Mail Marking a Message As Read When Another Has Been Deleted?”

    1 month ago

    There is is no way for Mail to know whether you are reading the email shown or not. But you have two options. The first is to choose Message, Mark as Unread. There is even a keyboard shortcut for that if you look in that menu. You can also Control+click on the message in the list and choose that.

    The other thing you can do is to ignore the read/unread feature since it isn’t helping you. You don’t need to use every feature of an app. The way I handle email is that anything in my Inbox is something I need to take an action on. If it is still in my inbox, then I haven’t dealt with it yet. When I am finished with an email, I archive it. There is even a button, menu command and keyboard shortcut for “archive” and most email systems (iCloud, Gmail, etc) have an archive function.

    So when I get a new message, I deal with it. Maybe reading it is all I need to do. Or, maybe I can tell from the subject or the start of the message that I don’t even need to read it. Or, maybe I need to respond, or set a Calendar even or Reminder. Or, maybe I need to take some other action. If I can’t do that action now, I leave it in my Inbox until I can. Otherwise. I take the action and then archive the message.

    So the way you treat “unread” email is the same way I treat my whole inbox. What you are expecting from the “read” indicator, I do that by archiving the email. For me, “unread” simply means “this just came in.”

    Eric
    1 month ago

    Thanks Gary. I’ll try your approach. I do archive mail from time to time but, in my case, messages that are still in my Inbox and satisfy a chosen date range. Perhaps I just need to use Automator to add a service to Mail that moves a messages to a nominated archive folder with a keyboard shortcut.

    1 month ago

    Eric: Not sure what you mean by a “nominated archive folder.” Do you just mean a mailbox folder you created to hold specific types of messages, like receipts, work, personal, etc. I don’t bother with those. Everything goes into the Archive folder. Everything. If I need something from the past, I just search for it. I don’t have a hundred micro-decisions to be made every day about where an email goes when I’m done with it. I don’t need to remember where I put an email if I need to find it. I just search the Archive folder.

    Eric
    1 month ago

    So, my solution (under test) was to establish a named archive folder/mailbox and dragged it to the menu bar. Now I can just drag messages to that folder on the menu bar. [Unfortunately, there was no Automator Mail action to move a message to a folder. AppleScript might be able to done something with the general move action but that’s for another day].

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