#2589 new
E. Engstrom

Option to move to "next message" after delete

Reported by E. Engstrom | June 8th, 2020 @ 10:42 PM

Currently, when one deletes a message, the selected message is set to the next more recent message. I would like to be able to select the next message "after" the current message in the messages list. In my case, since I sort messages with the most recent at the top, that would be the message "below" the message I just deleted.

If there is a way to do this with custom key bindings, I guess that would be appropriate.

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  • E. Engstrom

    E. Engstrom June 9th, 2020 @ 01:37 PM

    So, I was able to make MM do this they way I expect by adding the following key bidnings

      "\UF728" = ( "deleteMessage:", "selectNextMessageRow:" );  // ⌦ == delete
      "\U007F" = ( "deleteMessage:", "selectNextMessageRow:" );  // ⌫ == backspace

    But then I noted that other behaviors also assume that the direction of movement should always be towards newer messages. e.g. from Standard.plist:

      " " = "scrollPageDownOrNextMessage:"; // Space

    Aside - "scrollPageDownOrNextMessage:" does not seem to be documented here:


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  • Matt Wean

    Matt Wean December 2nd, 2020 @ 03:49 AM

    I came here to ask the same question, and setting the hidden preference to "previous" does what I want, thanks!

  • Christian Bailey

    Christian Bailey January 21st, 2021 @ 12:57 AM

    Also came here seeking an answer for this. defaults write com.freron.MailMate MmMessagesOutlineMoveStrategy -string "previous" solved the issue for me too.

    And I discovered Hidden Settings. Even more awesome power below the hood of MailMate. So excited for this application. Long-time Windows user who's failed to switch to MacOS twice before because I couldn't recreate the power features of Outlook for Windows. If only someone had told me about MailMate!

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