I often want to send a quick Mail.app message while I am working in another app. I can switch to Mail, start a new message and type in the recipient’s name, or I can find a faster way.
Hawk Wings reader Joshua Keay emailed me his method of doing this quickly. He created a file that is a text clippiing with the “mailto:” tag at the beginning of it.
He keeps it inside his applications folder, even though it isn’t an app per se. Then he dragged it to his dock. Now, when he clicks on it, it opens a new message, something that he says “potentially saves me a zillion clicks per year”:
You can get the file here (he uses an icon from Icon Factory).
If you use Quicksilver, you will already know that it is possible to achieve nearly the same thing with a more keystrokes. a few strokes for the contact’s name, a few more to bring up “Compose email”, Return and you’re away:
For really, really quick messages, you can follow Merlin Mann’s Quicksilver tip .
There may be even faster ways to do this. If you know one, I’d be glad to know.
- Quickly email a document in mail.app
- Retro-Quicksilver: Get the old icon back
- A bouncing Dock icon (or not)
- Roll your own templates in Mail.app
- How to email a file with Google Quick Search Box
Tags: Apple Mail, Apple Mail Tips, Dock, email, mail.app, mailloc, quick message, quicksilver