The main window of the program is divided into three sections – account tree, message list and message auto-view. When you select a folder in the account tree, its contents is shown in the message list. The text of the selected message is displayed in the message auto-view section.
The message list displays all the emails the folder contains while the message list columns display information about each message. If you right-click a column title, you can assign one of the View Modes.
Selecting the "Message List Columns" option, you will open the "View Mode Setup" window:
You can define the columns to display and some other parameters. Here you can also set the column width in pixels. Using the mouse you can change the column width as well – just select the right margin of the column and drag it to the right or left, narrowing or extending the column. If you double click a column margin, it will be expanded or narrowed to accommodate the length of its contents.
Using message list columns you can sort messages. When messages are sorted by a certain column, an arrow appears on this column indicating ascending or descending order. By default, the sorting order is ascending, meaning that the newest emails are displayed on the top of the list. To change the order (descending or ascending), click the column title or use the Ctrl+0 key combination. To change sorting criterion simply click the needed column or use the View -> Sort by menu.
You can also filter messages in the list. Use the View -> Display menu to define which messages should be displayed in the folder. If you want to apply other filtering conditions, use the "Advanced filtering…" option.
Messages can be filtered directly in the message list. For example, if you press the Alt key and click the sender’s name, The Bat! will display all messages from this sender in the current list. If you click the creation date, only messages created on that day will be displayed. You can apply this function to the other fields as well. To cancel filtering and display all messages, press either the Escape key or the Ctrl+= key combination.
To manually mark a message as read, right-click it and select Message -> Mark as read (Ctrl+M).
If a message is selected for 2 seconds, it will automatically be marked as read. To change this time, use the Account -> Properties -> Options menu. If you uncheck the respective box, the message will not be automatically marked as read. You can also mark message as read only when it is open in a separate window.
The "quick search" allows you to find emails in the current message list. Start typing any word when your cursor is in the message list and the "Quick Search" toolbar will appear.
As you enter the word, the program displays the first message that satisfies the criterion. Using the Forward and Back buttons, you can switch between messages. If you press Enter, The Bat! will create a new message list tab that will display respective messages.
The Quick search looks into the Subject, From and To fields. If the current folder does not contain messages that satisfy the condition, the quick search pane will become red.
You can park and flag messages in the list. Flags help to highlight important emails while park signs save messages from being accidentally deleted or moved. If you move or delete parked messages manually, The Bat! will ask you to confirm that action.
Make sure the columns Flagging and Parking are displayed in the message list. To set or remove a park sign or a flag, click the point in the respective column. You can right-click a message and select Flags -> Flagged/ Parked to set the flags.
You can also set a reminder for a message in the list. This can be useful if you, for example, must answer an urgent email within one day. If no answer was sent within this time, The Bat! will remind you about it. To set a reminder, use the Specials -> Remind later menu. You can choose one of the reminder options or set your own reminder time selecting Advanced. The Open Links window will appear, there you can define some other options.
The Bat! offers a list of shortcuts, which are useful when managing emails in the list.