Searching for email is a royal pain and often ineffective. I don’t want to search for email messages. I want to find email messages. Is there a better way?
Stop Search, Start Find
With all those mailboxes and all those email messages there’s always a need to search for some message from way back when. Mail’s search function is anemic at best.
What I want is a search option that helps to narrow down the search criteria. Is there an app for that?
The one I’m trying now is InfoClick, from the same folks who develop Nisus Writer, the popular Mac word processor.
Instead of just typing in a few keywords into Mail’s search field, InfoClick changes the game with criteria options.
Even the normal search mode has Contact, Text, Date, Kind, and more fields of information when performing a search.
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What’s really cool about using InfoClick to rummage through many thousands of email messages is the progressive step-by-step narrowing down to matches.
Enter a contact name and various email addresses pop up. Then enter text about the subject matter. That narrows the list of matches even more.
There are options to Search To, Search From, Search CC or BCSS, as well as Date, or Has Attachment. As you enter search criteria, InfoLink displays information about each message found. Click on one and get the detail in a window below. Right click and see the message in Mail.
This app is surprisingly effective and exactly how email search should be in Mail already. Apple, take notes.