Delete Mail in Mac OS X Like Outlook, the Smart Way
The Mac Mail app received a wonderfully understated change with how it handles deleting mail in new versions of Mac OS X, from Mountain Lion, Mavericks, to Yosemite and beyond.
With the new version, deleting emails works more like Outlook; you delete an email and it then selects the next oldest email rather than jumping to the next most recent message. It’s a subtle change, but it makes a worlds difference when you are clearing out a cluttered inbox, letting you start at the top of a mail inbox and working your way down deleting as you go.
You can also delete mail like this in the Outbox and Sent folder too, though you’ll want to select “Sort by Date” > “Ascending” as the sort method.
With previous versions of Mail in OS X the behavior was exactly the opposite, deleting a message selected the next newest message, making you constantly have to use the arrow keys or select the oldest mail to delete things. Very frustrating for anyone accustomed to Outlook or for anyone wrangling a large inbox full of spam, making this a welcome change indeed.
Thanks to Jason Howlin for the tip