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Chapter 19. Mail and Address Book > The Anti-Spam Toolkit

19.5. The Anti-Spam Toolkit

Many of the improvements Apple made in the 10.3 version of its Mail program are tiny tweaks. For example, the mailbox drawer has an Action menu like the Finder's; Mail is faster at checking for new messages; and you can start an instant-messaging conversation with the person who sent you an email by choosing Message→Reply with iChat.

POWER USERS' CLINIC
The Email Answering Machine

If you're going on vacation, you can turn Mail into an email answering machine that sends a canned "I'm away until the 15th" message to everyone who writes you.

To do so, set the first set of pop-up menus in the Rules dialog box so that they say Account and the name of your account. In the bottom half of the dialog box, select Reply to Message from the pop-up menu. Click "Reply message text" and type your boilerplate reply in the resulting box.

Important: If you subscribe to mailing lists, set up another mail rule that intercepts and files them before your answering- machine rule kicks in. Otherwise, you'll incur the wrath of the other Internet citizens by littering their email discussion groups with copies of your auto-reply message.



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