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File Email with a Key in Apple Mail

In Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later, you can use the simple and fun MsgFiler Mail plug-in to file Mail messages using keyboard shortcuts.

New in Apple Mail 4 (the 10.6 Snow Leopard version), to assign a keyboard shortcut to any mailbox on the Move To or Copy To submenu, you can also open the Keyboard pane of System Preferences, click Keyboard Shortcuts, and select Application Shortcuts in the list on the left. Click the + button, choose Mail from the Application pop-up menu, type the name of the mailbox in the Menu Title field, click in the Keyboard Shortcut field, and press the keystroke combination you want to use. Then click Add.

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TidBITS Events at Macworld/iWorld 2014

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The annual Macworld/iWorld exhibition and conference has moved from January to late March this year, running from Thursday, 27 March 2014 through Saturday, 29 March 2014. The conference is once again at Moscone Center in San Francisco, though the nearly 200 exhibitors will be housed in Moscone North rather than the Moscone West location of recent years. Hours are 11 AM to 6 PM Thursday and Friday, and 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday.

As always, a number of us will be in attendance, including me and Tonya, Josh Centers, Michael Cohen, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson, and Rich Mogull. I encourage you to flag us down on the floor to introduce yourself and tell us what of our work you’re finding the most useful these days.

Also, a number of TidBITS staffers will be making public presentations. I’ll list them briefly below, but remember, this is one of the major reasons we created the public TidBITS Events calendar (see “Subscribe to the TidBITS Events Calendar,” 15 October 2012), so if you’re going to Macworld/iWorld, be sure to subscribe to it to learn about late-breaking additions. If you want to add alarms to the events, copy them to a local calendar first. (I’m a bit worried that Apple changed the calendar’s public address, so if you subscribed to it previously and aren’t seeing this year’s events, try resubscribing.)

Otherwise, here’s the list of where we’ll be. Note that talks on the main stage are open to everyone; the Tech Talks require a Conference Pass, and an All Access Pass provides access to both Tech Talks and the MacIT presentations.

  • Thursday, March 27th at 1 PM: On the main stage, Jeff Carlson is moderating the panel “Create Photo and Video Workflows from Mobile to Desktop,” which will be talking about the latest mobile apps for shooting photos and how the results can be moved to and polished on the desktop.

  • Thursday, March 27 at 2 PM: With the briefest of breaks, Jeff will be hotfooting it to his tech talk, “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” in Room 132. Based on his popular title “Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac,” the presentation will explain how to develop a workflow for managing your photos.

  • Thursday, March 27 at 3 PM: Joe Kissell will be giving the first of many talks (in Room 123), titled “Using iCloud Keychain,” and drawing on details in his “Take Control of iCloud, Second Edition” and “Take Control of Your Passwords” books.

  • Friday, March 28th at 9 AM: For those attending the MacIT Conference that’s going on simultaneously with Macworld/iWorld, Security Editor Rich Mogull will be giving a general session called “What You Need to Know about Apple Security.”

  • Friday, March 28th at 11 AM: Jeff Carlson returns to the main stage to participate in a panel called “The Working Macs: Creative Workflows from Professional Creatives.”

  • Friday, March 28th at 11 AM: Simultaneously, Joe Kissell will be at the AgileBits booth in the Appalooza area to talk about “Take Control of 1Password.”

  • Friday, March 28th at 1 PM: Our new managing editor, Josh Centers, will be making his Macworld debut by moderating a panel called “The NSA and You,” in Room 125. Joining him on the panel will be Rich Mogull and Joe Kissell (based on his experience writing “Take Control of Your Online Privacy”) along with Kim Zetter of Wired, writer Quinn Norton, and activist Parker Higgins of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

  • Friday, March 28th at 3 PM: Continuing to mine his books, Joe Kissell’s next talk is “Apple Mail for Power Users,” in Room 125, with information drawn in part from his recent “Take Control of Apple Mail.”

  • Saturday, March 29th at 10 AM: Jeff Carlson’s final talk is “The iPad for Photographers” in Room 131 — if you’re interesting managing photos with your iPad, don’t miss it.

  • Saturday, March 29th at 11 AM: Closing out our appearances, Joe Kissell has what I’m certain will be a fun presentation on “Becoming a Creative Complainer,” in Room 131, aimed at explaining how to become more effective at getting help. (We recommend reading his “Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac, Second Edition” first, but it can’t cover everything!)

Of course, Tonya and I, along with Michael Cohen, Jeff, Joe, and Josh will be on the show floor all three days, so if you see us, come and say hello!

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Slowed down by entering passwords repeatedly? Learn how to let 1Password do the heavy lifting. With directions for 1Password 4 for the Mac, as well as 1Password for iOS, Windows, and Android, author Joe Kissell makes it easy to generate and use secure passwords, speed up online shopping, and share and sync Web logins and other confidential data.
Do you ever feel as though your email is out of control? Email expert Joe Kissell helps you become more effective in Apple Mail for 10.9 Mavericks and for iOS 7, with essential advice for Gmail, iCloud, IMAP, and Exchange accounts. Joe reveals hidden interface elements, shares his award-winning email management strategy, explains how to customize Mail, and solves common problems.
Learn to configure your iCloud life optimally so you can view media on different devices, save and share photos, sync and access passwords and data, sync documents between multiple devices, find a missing device, and more. iCloud sounds simple, but can become complex quickly, and this book has the advice you need to avoid problems and get the most out of iCloud.
This essential guide teaches you 17 basic troubleshooting procedures and how to solve 15 common problems, along with an easy-to-follow way to troubleshoot novel problems. Whether your Mac fails to boot, loses its Internet connection, or won't cooperate, this book has the advice you need to find a solution.
Manage your burgeoning digital photo collection with ease, using time-tested tips and a custom workflow developed by digital photography expert Jeff Carlson. You'll learn how best to import photos, judge them, apply keywords and other metadata, set up smart albums, and protect your irreplaceable images whether you use iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, or Photoshop Elements!
Do you have anything to hide? Whether or not you think you do, your online activities are being tracked and analyzed—and not always to your benefit. Author Joe Kissell explains who wants your data (and why!) and helps you develop a personalized privacy strategy. You'll learn how to manage privacy with your Internet connection, browsing the Web, email, chatting, social media, and sharing files.
Password overload has driven many of us to take dangerous shortcuts. If you think ZombieCat12 is a secure password, that you can safely reuse a password, or that no one would try to steal your password…think again! Overcome password frustration with expert advice from Joe Kissell, and don't miss our Joe of Tech comic or Joe’s intro video!

 

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