I know this is a small issue for most people but it's one that will decide whether I finally get around to buying Panther this week or just leave it on the back burner. Can rules be set to "manual"? By that, I mean I don't want rules applied automatically to all incoming email. I prefer to apply most rules after I've had a chance to skim the subject headers. Unless I'm missing something in 10.2.8, the rules are either automatic or off. The only way I can accomplish my goal is to check mail, skim the headers, turn rules on, select all the messages, apply the rules, then turn the rules back off before the next batch of mail is picked up. BTW, I use rules mostly for sorting. That's why I don't want them automatically applied to incoming mail. I'm on a number of mailing lists and it's a real pain to have to manually pick each group and drag it to the appropriate folder for archiving. However, if my sorting rules are applied to incoming messages, I have to poke through each folder individually to see new messages. Neither method is very efficient. I know I could use Eudora (which is what I use on the PC) but OSX Mail's junk filter works so well I'd hate to give it up.