OS X: How to use Tabs in Mail?


The Mac Mail app has gained tabs support in the latest versions of OS X, making it easier to open multiple emails on screen at once.

There’s a catch with using Mail Tabs in OS X, however, and that is you must be using full screen mode to gain access to the tab feature. Perhaps because of this, email tabs are particularly useful for laptop users with smaller screens, but this could also appeal to users who like to minimize distraction. 
Additionally, you can also use Mail tab emails with Split View, so it’s quite useful for productivity.

Here’s how to access and use tabbed emails in Mail app for OS X 10.11 or later:

  1. Open Mail app if you haven’t done so yet, then send the application into Full Screen mode by clicking the green maximize button in the Mail app titlebar.
  2. Compose a new email by hitting Command+N (or by going to the Mail menu and choosing “New Message”).
  3. Repeat the prior step by creating additional new Mail message compositions, each new email will appear as a tab.
  4. Each new email tab sits across the top of the screen, just like tabs in Safari, Finder, and elsewhere:
  5. You can click on any of the tabs to open that email, and you can close and open new tabs once you’re in tabbed Mail mode:
  6. As mentioned already, if you like to use Mail tabs feature but need to gain access to some other data elsewhere in OS X from another application, you can put the app into Split View mode and share the screen with another app side by side.
  7. Note if you exit Mail app from full screen mode, you’ll lose the tabbed emails instantly, with each appearing as a separate email message composition window as usual. This means if you had quite a few tabbed emails open, you’ll end up with some window clutter by leaving full screen in Mail app.
  8. As mentioned before, this requires Mail app in OS X El Capitan or newer, so if you’re on an older version of OS X you will not find the tabbed email feature available.

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