View modes allow you to change the message list display in different folders.
The program has five default view modes:
- Generic View Mode – All the messages are shown in one list with the standard column set
- This week – The folder displays only this week’s messages
- Threaded view – Messages are grouped into threads based on the selected criterion
- Today – The folder displays only today’s messages
- Yesterday – The folder displays only yesterday’s messages
You can edit the existing view modes or create new ones. To configure view modes, use the Options -> Preferences -> Message List -> View Modes menu. You can open this dialog when right-clicking a folder and choosing the Folder View Mode -> Manage View Modes menu.
Choose the action that will be performed upon changing the view mode in the message list: "Ask confirmation for save","ignore changes" or "save". So if you manually change the column width, you will get a confirmation dialog box if the first option is selected. If you choose the second option, the changes will not be saved. In the third case, the program will save changes without confirmation.
Click "Use by…" to choose folders in which the selected view mode will be used. You can assign different view modes to different folders. You can create a new folder that will display only today’s or this week’s messages.
To add a new view mode click the "New" or "New from" button. In the first case you will create a brand new view mode (based on the generic view mode), in the second case – a view mode based on the settings of the selected view mode. To alter the settings, select the view and click "Edit".
To remove a view mode, use the "Delete" button. It is not possible to delete the generic view mode.
When you create or edit a view mode, you will get the "View Mode Setup" window. Give the view mode a name; if you edit a view mode, you can change its name. If you select the "Group by date" check box, messages will be grouped into the following threads: today, yesterday, this week, last week, etc. You can define by which message headers your messages should be threaded:
- References – Replies to messages can be identified by their headers (technical information that is not seen when reading message, but used by email clients). This threading uses the headers In-Reply-To and References to group messages
- Subject – Such thread includes messages with identical subject lines. The prefixes that are added to the subject when replying/forwarding messages, are not taken into consideration
- Sender – Threads include messages with the same sender’s name and address
- Recipient – Threads include messages with the same recipient’s name and address
- References and subject – The program uses both references and subject criteria to form a thread
Threads by references are considered to be the most reliable and handy, though the other ones will also be useful for certain goals.
Any thread is collapsed by default and to view it, you should expand it first. You can change this setting by selecting the "Expand all threads" check box.
You can define which columns you would like to see in the message list. For example, there is no need for the To column in the Inbox folder. A standard view mode has the following default columns: Message flags (read/unread, replied, forwarded flags and priority), Parking, Attachments, Flagging (your own marking), From (sender’s name), To (recipient’s name), Subject, Received (date and time when you received the message), Created (date and time of message creation), Size (size in bytes). Messages are sorted by the Received column by default – they are displayed according to the time you received them, starting from the new down to the older ones. You can change both sorting criteria and sorting order (descending or ascending order).
Columns and their order are different in the Threaded view: Subject, Message Flags, Parking, Attachments, Flagging, From, Received, Total messages (number of messages in this thread), Unread messages (number of unread messages in this thread), Created and Size. If a thread is collapsed, the program displays the information on the newest message.
While configuring a view mode you can add the following columns: Priority (message importance), Folder (source folder of this message), Color group, Memo, Message ID (a unique ID that is automatically assigned to a message), From (email) (sender’s email address), To (email) (recipient’s email address), Modified (date and time of the last message modification), Tags.
Each column has its width. Choose a column and set its width in pixels. You can also change it in the message list using the mouse (press and hold the left mouse button and drag column borders). Use the "Move up" and "Move down" buttons to change the column order.
Sometimes a new message appears in an old thread. In this case the thread will not be moved to the top of the message list, as the program sorts threads according to the date of their first message by default. You can change this setting and display threads with new messages at the top of the list – just tick the "Thread dates according to new messages" box.
To add more complex conditions go to the Filter tab. The program will display only those messages that satisfy the conditions of the view mode. Here are the filter conditions of the view mode Yesterday:
You can add several conditions and combine them according to your sorting needs.