It’s mostly hate, but we’re still addicted to the inbox and the incoming mail alert, whether we want to respond to a message or not. Here’s a new twist on an old method– yet another way to check on unread email messages without checking Mail.
The Little Mail Utility That Could
Apple gives Mac users what is probably more than enough notice about incoming email messages that haven’t been read. Think about it.
Incoming email can alert you with a sound. That’s the Mac’s way of saying, ‘You’ve got mail.’ Also, the Mail icon in the Dock will display the number of unread email messages with a little red badge and a number.
What else would you want or need? Those notifications are built-in to your Mac already.
Well, here’s a way to exercise more control over your incoming email, and your inbox’s unread email that bypasses Apple’s method. And, since Mail Unread Menu isn’t doing all that much more, it’s free to use.
Here’s what’s displayed in the Mac’s Menubar, and what you get with a click.
Hey, that’s pretty clever, right?
Instead of having to switch to Mail to see what’s new, or instead of glancing at the Dock icon to see how many unread messages are waiting, Mail Unread Menu gives you the details in the Mac’s Menubar.
If you want plenty of preferences to get you to the same thing, Mail Unread Menu doesn’t disappoint.
That’s something of a geek’s email delight.
The Preferences are nice to have, though, and give you additional controls over the badge icon, font size, color and background, as well as drilling down to a specific mailbox.
Is this something you really, truly, deeply need? Probably not, but if your Mac’s Dock is already overcrowded then having notice in the Menubar can be handy.
What? Your Mac’s Menubar is also overcrowded? You need a Bartender to help you manage items in the Menubar.