Any way to renumber Mail messages?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Mugwumper, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Mugwumper macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Temecula, CA
    I recently imported a number of messages that were dated from Jan 1 -
    Mar 15, 2007 that were in my Thunderbird inbox. After they arrived in
    the Import folder of Mail, I moved them to my main inbox in Mail. All
    transferred without any problem, and they are now arranged in the proper
    ascending date order I have in the inbox. The Mail inbox had messages
    dating from Mar 15 - Dec 31 with numbers of 1-950, so all the new
    imported messages are numbered above 950, even though the were
    created before Mar 15.

    Is there any way to renumber all the messages so they correspond to their
    date/time stamp? (Jan 1 = 1, Dec 31 = xxx)

    If I created another inbox locally "On My Mac", then moved all the main
    inbox messages to it, and then moved all of them back to the main inbox,
    would that do what I want?

    Thanks . . .
  2. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    I think you need to order them by 'sent' not 'received'.
  3. Mugwumper thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Temecula, CA
    No change :^(

    Thanks, but that didn't change anything. There are still message numbers
    in January that are higher than those in June.

    Maybe I need a "paradigm shift" - I'd been used to having message numbers
    in previous mail clients, but maybe I don't really need them. As long as
    messages are grouped in "threads", I should be able to find them, right? :)
    Plus, that's one less column. :p

    Thanks again . . .

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