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MailTabs for Mail.app is a unique plug-in that organizes all your open email messages under a simple tab arrangement just like the tabs in your browser.

What's New

Version 0.6:
  • Safari-like look and feel.
  • Preferences for navigation shortcuts.
  • Compatibility with MailHub, Letterbox and MessageFont
  • Improved update process.
  • Bugfixes - Mail.app stays in focus when sending email, fixed UI glitches and more.


Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

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Dorkypants Member IconComment+118

Great plugin, but...

I'm using Mail.app 4.5 on Snow Leopard with the classic 3-pane interface: folders on the left, headers on top-right, message body in bottom-right. With MailTabs installed, the header pane's height keeps creeping up as tabs get created and closed.

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Version 0.6
Zo219 Member IconReview+506

I've gotten so used to this thing, I couldn't go back now if I wanted to. Great little bundle!

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Version 0.6
Ridogi Member IconReview+18

There are some visual glitches (horizontal lines over mailboxes) and bugs when windows are minimized, but the updates seem to be coming out quickly and this is a a very promising new plugin. I already find it indispensable.

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Version 0.6
Michael Haeusler Member IconComment+83
Michael Haeusler

The minimized-to-Dock bug remains in v0.6. But still, there are many improvements with v0.6. This Mail plug-in is definitely turning into a must-have. :)

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Version 0.6
Reggie Ashworth Member IconReview+106
Reggie Ashworth

Much improved good job! :-)

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Version 0.6
Flash1296 Member IconReview+297

Works fine and co-exists well with:




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Version 0.6

When I installed mail tabs with letterbox, then Mail.app froze as I launched it. It had to remove mail tabs to make mail function again.

Thebryceman Member IconReview+12

Mail Tabs is great for reducing clutter. I use it with MailHub and Letterbox on a big screen to fly through my huge inbox.

That said, Mail Tabs would be even better if the tabs were just for the "Preview Pane" so that you could still see your Mailboxes and Messages at the same time. I look forward to seeing this plug-in develop.

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Version 0.5.3

Great idea. Would be a huge improvement.

Shane-Smith Member IconComment+273

I'm really liking this plugin but I have one big problem with it. If it crashes it forgets all the tabs that were open. There needs to be something in place to remember position. Please fix. By the way, once all the bugs get nailed out I would be more than happy to purchase this. My feature requests are listed below :)

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Version 0.5.3
Doc-Renaud Member IconReview+135

I use MailTabs in conjunction with all those other Maibundles: GrowlMail, Letterbox, MailUnreadMenu, SpamSieve, and everything works beautifully!
I only wish the tabs would be a bit more larger, a la Safari, and they remembered positions between Mail relaunches.
Other than that, perfect for my needs.

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Version 0.5.3
Mikaelf Member IconComment+162

I use MailHub and Letterbox (two other Mail plugins) and this doesn't work together with them.

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Version 0.5.3

I just updated MailHub and then installed MailTabs and it's all working brilliantly with Letterbox too. 3 awesome plug-ins!

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Version 0.6
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Version 0.5.1
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Version 0.5
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Downloads 6,777
Version Downloads 3,816
Type Internet / Email
License Free
Date 30 May 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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