Mail Type Select, née Type Ahead Find, brings the same kind of keyboard navigation to Mail.app's message list that the Finder has in
its list view (or icon view, or column view really). If you type a short sequence of characters into the table of messages,
a message matching your typing will be selected.
It's much faster than using the mouse or arrow keys, and becomes completely second nature after a little bit of use.
When the list of messages has focus,
- Typing a few characters selects a matching message.
- ^↓ and ^↑ and select next and previous match.
- ESC and ⌘. cancel.
Click in the message list (i.e. top pane in the viewer window) and type a few characters to try it out.
The plugin should now be installed. Relaunch Mail.app, select a message, and type an 'e'. If Mail beeps then the plugin is not loaded properly.
Mail in 10.4.1 disables all installed plugins when run for the first time. This is because some
plugins originally written for Mail 1 are broken in Mail 2. Mail Type Select isn't broken, so you just need to reenable it by following the (updated) install directions above.
You can find the disabled plugin in
Version 2.6, 9/10/2006:
- Universal plugin. Works on Intel-based Macs.
Version 2.5, 3/1/2005:
- Handles characters that take more than one key press to type (e.g. é on a US
- Better scrolling behavior when selecting matches.
- Changed next/previous match keys to ^↓ / ^↑.
Version 2.4, 1/31/2005: