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By Dan Moren

Command Performance: Off-Filter

As our first installment in this new series, in which we talk about a single command in a single app that we love, let me tell you about my love of the Filter button in Mail.

Look, filtering email isn’t anything new: many of us have probably been doing it for years in Gmail, Apple Mail, Outlook, Eudora, and so on. But Apple Mail’s Filter button, which appears in both the iOS and macOS versions of the app, is one of the few features of the last couple years that has entirely changed how I manage my email. And perhaps, if you haven’t yet given it a try, you might find it handy as well.

Firstly, a confession: I’m absolutely an email hoarder of the worst kind. My main mail account is approaching 100,000 messages, and I don’t put any of them in folders. Any. Of. Them. I’m the kind of monster that keeps Inbox Zero adherents up at night with the cold sweats.…

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