Revert Mail to the Classic Layout in OS X
Do you miss the way Mail used to look, when you used to be able to see many more email messages all at once from the primary screen without scrolling around? As you probably know, Mail.app received a pretty significant makeover in Mac OS X Lion that has stuck around in all versions of OS X ever since, but if you’re not a fan of the revised layout, you can easily revert back to the classic Mail appearances original UI:
- Open Mail and go to Preferences (from the Mail menu, or hit Command+,)
- Click on the “Viewing” tab and choose “Use classic layout”
That’s it! Changes are instant, and you’re back to the way Mail looked in Snow Leopard and before, which keeps the message list on top of the mail message, and also displays about 3x more messages per screen without scrolling around. That “classic” layout won’t show a message subject preview, but it does still show the sender, the subject, and the time stamp, and if you’re using VIP it will of course point out VIP senders as well.
Thanks to Jim for sending this in!