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Chapter 15. Mail > To open Preferences and get the Viewing pane

To open Preferences and get the Viewing pane

  • From the Mail menu, choose “Preferences…,” then click Viewing.

    Show header detail: This menu lets you choose how much, if any, header information (all that to/from/date stuff) shows at the top of emails. This can be handy when you want to check for fraudulent emails, like those from scumbags pretending to need your eBay account information: Choose to show “All” headers and look for suspicious data, like a return address that is different from the one that appears in your Inbox.

    Choose “Custom…” to customize what information appears in the headers. “Default” means the simple, basic stuff you usually see.

    Display unread messages with bold font: This makes every unread message appear in your Viewer window in a bold font so it is very clear which ones you haven't read yet.

    Display remote images in HTML messages: HTML messages are those fancy ones that look like web pages with graphics and links. Some junk mailers use these to embed graphics that have to be downloaded from a remote server. When you open this junk mail, the server can tell the junk mailer your computer's address, that your email address is working, and even what time of day you opened the message. To protect your privacy, you can uncheck this box. Keep in mind this will make legitimate HTML messages difficult to read because you won't see any graphics.

    Highlight related messages using color: For an explanation of message threading, please see page 419.


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