Two things I’m surprised ALL email clients don’t do

  • Posted: 22 December 2011 10:52 PM

    I hope these features are available in some email client for Mac. If so, please let me know the name of the app.

    1. When I start typing an email address or a name, auto complete shows me a drop-down list of people/addresses that match. So many times, that list includes addresses that are outdated or are not in the format that I desire. I know I can get out of that email, go look up that listing and change or delete the information, but seldom do I have the time, nor want to go to the trouble, to do all that. Why can’t I select an address from that drop-down list, right-click/control-click/two-finger-click on it and edit it or delete it? And yes, I know that I can edit the name/email address for the specific email I’m sending, but that doesn’t change the main record. The next time auto-complete comes up, the edited version is not there, the old one still is. Doesn’t any program do this?

    2. Delayed send. Seems like that would be a no-brainer. I can set all kinds of alarms, alerts and reminders for just about any time, but I can’t write an email to remind someone of a meeting and have it sent on the day prior to the meeting. I’m willing to leave my machine on 24/7. I’m no programmer, but that sure seems like it would be easy and WAY useful!

    I appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks!

  • Posted: 30 December 2011 11:38 PM #1


    Hope you don’t mind if I try to answer your questions.

    1) To delete an old email address for someone, open Mail and go to Window and then select Previous Recipients. A list of names and emails appear. Highlight the old/incorrect email address for the person you are looking for and select “Remove from List.” It will be gone and the auto complete will look at the remaining/correct address listed for that person. As far as I can tell, the only way to get new addresses into this list, other than putting them into Address Book, is to email the people. Okay?

    2) iCal will email you a reminder. I just tried it out. Created a new event on a date and set the time. I then selected “email” under “Alert.” Selected one of my email addresses. Anything I type into the “Note” field was sent to me in an email. It worked! Pretty cool, actually! I am uncertain, but the “Invitee” field may allow you to send an email to whomever you put in that box. It will also allow to you to set meeting times. Yes? Try it out and see if this does what you want.

    Hope you are having a fine second-to-the-last-day-of-the-year.

  • Posted: 30 December 2011 11:44 PM #2

    Oh.. sorry.. I forgot..

    If you have iCloud, then iCal will send these emailed alerts whenever you specify and your computer can be off and unplugged when it does this, as they will come from “the cloud.”

    A good thing as my Macs spent a lot of time off and unplugged this year. #thunderstorms

  • Posted: 31 December 2011 12:05 AM #3

    Thanks for your answers, Woodland. Yes, those things will work and I knew about them. But that’s just not as “elegant” a solution as I’ve described and “elegant” is what I’ve come to expect from Apple.

    Thanks, though, for your response. I really appreciate it.

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    Posted: 08 February 2012 12:35 PM #4

    I want two things.

    1. Gray bars. Aaron Harnly’s Letterbox provided this for Mail up thru Snow Leopard.

    2. The ability to easily change the subject of a received email. Too many of my correspondents send emails as replies to previous not the same topic emails.


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