Hi, Question below is copied from the apple discussion forum and I found it while I was googling with exact the question. I couldnt have formulated better so I decided just to copy it. Hope somebody here has an answer. When reading through mail messages in Apple Mail, my preference is to start at the most recent and work through to the oldest. The mail is arranged on the screen from newest to oldest. As I read messages, some are kept and some deleted. As I delete a message, I would expect that the cursor would advance to the next older item in the list (i.e. working down the list when the mail is arranged in reverse chronological order). Instead, it moves back up to the next newer item in the list that I have already read. Is there a way to change this behavior? All of you coming here after a google search, bwthor found a solution which is way below, so for convenience I'll copy it here: open up a terminal (either type in "terminal" in spotlight search (the magnify glass in top right corner) or in the Finder (New Folder Window) Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal) and enter: defaults write com.apple.mail IgnoreSortOrderWhenSelectingAfterDelete 1 I can confirm it works on Snow Leopard, Mail 4.5.