But, how do you compose an email message without getting ambushed by your inbox appearing?
I use this trick in Apple Mail to keep my in boxes accessible but hidden, and compose a new message without having to see my inbox:
- Open Mail *
- Select an empty mail folder ** (I add one to my favorites bar so command-8 selects it. On a related note, I close the email sidebar and have my frequently accessed inbox and archive folders in the favorites bar).
- Minimize the Mail window (command-M or click the yellow button). This puts it down in the right side of your dock (or bottom if your dock’s on the side). This means when you bring Mail to the front, your in boxes will stay minimized. No ambush.
- To compose a new message, click-hold on the Mail icon (the app, not your inbox) in your Dock and select “Compose Message”. You get a new message window, and no in boxes. Compose (body, subject, then address, of course, per MacSparky’s excellent advice) and send.
* At the time of this writing, I’m using MacOS 10.10.4 with Mail 8.2.
** This prevents inbox ambush if you do accidentally un-minimize your mail reader window.