Forum Question: “Subject” line in MacMail

Hi Gary,
How do you stop the native MacMail on my Imac or Macbook to STOP asking for a “subject line” prior to sending out an email. How annoying is that?


— Paul

Comments: 11 Responses to ““Subject” line in MacMail”

    2/23/10 @ 11:11 am

    I don’t understand. Are you not filling in the subject line when you originally write the email? You should always have a subject line to an email — otherwise the person on the other end won’t see any title to the email. It might even get eaten up by spam filters without a subject line.

    2/23/10 @ 12:41 pm

    Hi Gary,
    Let me clarify please.

    I don’t not normally write in a “Subject line” so I would like to know if it’s possible to stop MacMail from asking you to fill it in.

    I understand your thoughts of always using something in a subject line but there are times when it’s not needed.

      2/23/10 @ 1:34 pm

      To answer your question directly: no, I don’t think there is any way to prevent that warning.
      But, I would say that you should seriously think about changing the way you use the subject line. It could be considered bad etiquette to send an email with a blank subject. And, as I mentioned before, spam filters will more readily filter out an email with no subject. Your email must be about something — so just put that in the subject. A word or two. No big deal.

        11/16/11 @ 10:02 am

        I send short emails to my children’s phones as SMS messages, and subject lines are superfluous. Sometimes when I am in a great hurry, I write such a message, hit send and close my laptop. The next day, when I open it, I find the warning popup on my unsent message! Arghh. All I can find when I look online for a way to disable the popup warning is this kind of fussing about how one should always use a subject line. I agree in business, subject lines are almost necessary, but people use email for many reasons, not just professional purposes.

    Steve Rhodes
    4/22/10 @ 5:43 pm

    Lame, Gary! Most e-mail I send and receive is between friends – like most humans, I suspect – and filling in a subject line is a waste of time. Welcome to Planet Earth! This is annoying me as well – why is there no option in preferences to choose mail to stop asking if I really want to send a message without a subject line? What is this, Microsoft?

    6/15/10 @ 4:35 pm

    I agree with this…95% of all my email is just talking crap with mates, it doesnt require a subject line at all and its very annoying having to put a letter or an number or some crap just to send an email – whooppeee doo that theres no subject???? do you think i wont look at an email if theres no subject?

    michael g
    5/30/11 @ 6:32 am

    it’s crap.
    Control. Apple is all about control.
    Easier, Apple is no more interested in
    it being easier than they are interested
    in lowering the price of their computers.
    They are clearly screwing with you.
    You must do the subject line because they say so.
    The reason, there is no reason. Pehaps a reminder
    that it’s not your mail, it’s being borrowed from apple

    4/14/12 @ 11:40 pm

    The subject line fill should be optional. It is annoying to have a pop up ask me “there’s no subject line, do you still wish to send?” I wonder if I’m the only one that says out loud “yeah I want to send it”, “if I wanted a subject line, I would have frigg’n typed one” Of course I cleaned it up for this comment post….LOL
    I completely agree there are times that a subject lines is 100% necessary, and I think most of us are smart enough to know.
    Does anyone have any friends that completely ignore the subject line? I do! And that’s annoying too, but you can’t turn that function ‘on’ with people.
    Subject line content is great for work, but it’s too formal for emailing friends. IMO

    Henry Schulman
    8/2/12 @ 8:00 pm

    I know this is an old thread, but if Gary is still around….at my company if I want to transmit a file from a remote computer to our computer at work, we do it by emailing the file as an attachment. There is no human being to be insulted by the lack of a subject line. It is a pain (albeit an extremely minor one) to have to answer the prompt each time.

      8/2/12 @ 8:11 pm

      No way around it. You either have to hit “Send Anyway” (or just a quick tap of the Return key when that appears), or put a subject of some sort there.

    8/24/12 @ 12:10 pm

    I know this topic is old but I agree completely. I very seldom use the subject line and wish I could get that message to never show again. My emails are about 95% just chatting with family and friend and it’s more like texting.

Comments Closed.