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How to Move Messages via Drag and Drop in Mac OS X Mail

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In Mac OS X Mail, transferring messages is easy, and it is where it shows you're using a Mac.

Move Messages via Drag and Drop in Mac OS X Mail

To file emails by dragging and dropping them in Mac OS X Mail:

  • Highlight one or more messages in Mac OS X Mail.
  • Click and drag the message(s) while holding down the mouse button to any destination mailbox in the mailboxes pane.
  • Release the mouse button to drop the message(s) there.

So far, so good and well-known. But what happens when the mailboxes pane is not open?

Spring-Load the Folder

As soon as you start dragging messages around, Mac OS X Mail will automatically show it. When your drag and drop action has finished, Mac OS X Mail hides the mailboxes pane again.

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