Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Date strangeness in Apple Mail on Mac OS X Lion

When importing messages from gmail to a folder on a local mail server  I noticed that Apple's Mail program was showing a whole bunch of older messages with the date 23/10/2007.  I looked at the text file for the earliest message and saw that the "Date" field was correct (16/05/2004) but that the latest "Received:" header was 23/10/2007.  (I was not surprised by this discrepancy because the mail had been moved in 2007 to gmail.)

In the standard view in Mail you can sort on "Date" but there is no way I have found of specifying what "Date" means.


  1. Go to Mail->Preferences->Viewing and tick the box "Use classic layout".
  2. The layout will change to classic where you can select the columns that are displayed.
  3. If "Date Sent" is not there, right click on one of the column headers and select "Date Sent".
  4. Click on the "Date Sent" header to order on that column.
  5. If you now go back to the new standard view by unticking "Use classic layout" the field is called "Date" again but is the date sent and the correct dates appear.

Let's hope that Apple don't get rid of classic layout!

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