OS X: How to See Messages Delivery Times

As you may know, you can tap, hold, and pull to the left within Messages under iOS 7 and iOS 8 to see what time any specific text was sent.

For those of you who use the Messages program on your Mac, though, you should know that there’s a way to get your dates and times there, too. (Unfortunately, dragging on your trackpad won’t do a darned thing.) You can see what that info is by simply hovering your cursor over any text within Messages—a tiny tooltip will appear with what you’re looking for.

Nifty! One more Messages trick, though, since you guys rock so hard. If you open that program and change View> Sort Conversations to “Manually”…

…you can then drag around your conversations from the left-hand list to reorder them however you like. 

See? See my cursor in the process of dragging? OK, just pretend you can see that next to the blue line indicating where the selected conversation is going to end up.

Anyway, one of the things I enjoy about this is that I can keep my Messages threads from jumping around and arranging themselves by date, so my most important conversations are always at the top. “Important” being relative, of course, since a large percentage of my discussions revolve around funny cat GIFs. It’s a simple life I lead.