Make Mail.app’s Reading Pane More Like Outlook

By Lowell Heddings on September 29th, 2007

One of the biggest irritations of using the built-in Mail application on OS X is the antiquated reading pane that shows up below the message list, especially since most modern email clients let you move the reading pane to the right to take advantage of our widescreen monitors.

There’s a small plugin for Apple’s Mail.app that changes the interface so the reading pane is on the right instead of below. All you have to do is install it, that’s it.

After installation, your reading pane will move over to the right:

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If you want to go back to the way it was, run the installer again and choose to uninstall.

For Tiger:

Download Letterbox plugin for Mail.app

For Leopard:

Download WideMail from daneharnett.com

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/29/07
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