Quickly see your reply to an email

Updated September 24th, 2021.

Apple’s Mail app indicates which messages you’ve replied to using a tiny curvy arrow icon next to the message, like so:

The Mac's Mail app, showing messages I've replied to
The Mac’s Mail app, showing messages I’ve replied to. Click to enlarge

In the picture above, the red arrows point to tiny little curvy arrows for the messages I’ve replied to. Zoomed in, that icon looks like this:

The Reply indicator
The Reply indicator

It’s one thing to know you replied to an email. It’s quite another to know what you said! And, it turns out all you have to do is CLICK THE ARROW and your reply pops right up. Like so:

Click the reply arrow next to an email and see the reply
Click the Reply arrow to see the reply.

One little click does it all. Give it a try!

Update: this works in many Mac operating systems, up to and including Big Sur 11.5.2. It does not work in 11.6.

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  1. It broke after I upgraded to Big Sur – was probably 11.5? Am on latest as of this writing 11.6 and still doesn’t work. And “Conversations” is not the equivalent.

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