How to Switch to Classic Layout in Apple Mail

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Apple Mail defaults to show you a sizable preview of the messages in your inbox, but all that information takes up a ton of space. Fortunately, things were once simpler, and by turning on Classic Layout, you can see more of your inbox at a time.


This is a great way to take care of email in large chunks, so you can select a batch to archive or mark as read. It's also useful for helping you find the important messages in a sea of newsletters, spam and other digital detritus.

Here's how to switch Apple Mail to Classic Layout:

1. Click Mail.classic01

2. Select Preferences.classic02

3. Click Viewing.classic03

4. Click use classic layout.classic04

Now you've enabled classic layout. Isn't it easier to see everything now?


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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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