Archive for February 10th, 2016

by Tom Nelson and Mary F. O’Connor

Apple Mail flags can be used to mark incoming messages that need further attention. But while that may be their primary purpose, Mail flags can do much more. That’s because Mail flags aren’t just a bit of color attached to emails; they’re actually a form of smart mailboxes, and can do many of the things other mailboxes in the Mail app can do, including being used in Mail rules to automate and organize your messages.


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Mail Flag Colors

Mail flags come in seven different colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and gray. You can use any flag color to mark a message type. For instance, red flags may indicate emails you need to respond to within 24 hours, while green flags might indicate tasks that have been completed.

You can use the colors any way you wish, but over time, it can be difficult to remember just what each color was supposed to mean. After we show you how to assign flags to messages, we’ll show you how to change the names of the flags.

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