Apple Mail shortcuts

you can use your keyboard to quickly accomplish many tasks in mail, here are the ones we find the most useful:

Create new compose window Command-N
Open Activity Viewer Command-0 (zero)
Add senders to Address Book Command-Y
Attach file to message Command-Shift-A
Increase quote level Command-‘ (single quote)
Decrease quote level Command-Option-‘ (single quote)
Send message Command-Shift-D
Forward message Command-Shift-F
Mark as read/unread Command-Shift-U
Reply to sender Command-R
Reply to all Command-Shift-R
Collapse the thread containing the selected message (when organized by thread) Left Arrow key
Expand the currently selected thread (when organized by thread) Right Arrow key
Move to next message in thread Down Arrow key
Move to previous message in thread Up Arrow key

the full list of mail shortcuts is available under:
‘apple mail > help > mail help > search: keyboard shortcuts’

another trick we have not been thinking of ourselves before, is the following in an article on essential shortcuts over at macworld:

You can select any mailbox in Mail’s sidebar to see its contents, but many people don’t realize you can select multiple mailboxes at the same time to display the contents of all of them. […] I find this particularly useful in combination with message threading (View -> Organize by Thread). For example, I can select my Inbox and my Sent mailbox together and use threading to see the entire flow of a conversation between myself and another person.

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