Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email Show Only Mail from a Certain Sender in Mac OS X Mail by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on June 24, 2019 Prykhodov / Getty Images Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email Some people not only have something to say, but you like what they say. Their emails are particularly interesting. Unfortunately, on a mailing list, there can be so much to read that you barely have the chance to read the very interesting remarks from these very important participants. Mac OS X Mail offers a helping hand in such situations with the search box in its toolbar. Show Only Mail from a Certain Sender in OS X Mail To focus OS X Mail on messages sent by certain sender (by name, email address or both): To search only a specific folder:Open the desired folder in OS X Mail.Press Command-Option-F.Start typing the sender's name or email address.Select the desired sender under People in the menu that has appeared.If the sender does not show up, try selecting Sender contains: <name or address> or continue typing more of the address or name's letters.Make sure FROM appears in front of the name or address in the search field.If it does not:Click TO or ANY in front of the name or address.Select From from the menu that has come up.To see messages across folders:Make sure All is highlighted under Search: in the toolbar.You can also select any folder in the toolbar to focus on messages just in that folder. Show Only Mail from a Certain Sender in Mac OS X Mail 3/4 To see all and only mail from a certain sender in Mac OS X Mail: Start typing the sender's name or email address in the main Mac OS X Mail window toolbar's Search field.Click From in search criteria toolbar that appears.Click All Mailboxes or the current folder name to widen or narrow your search. Show Only Mail from a Certain Sender in Mac OS X Mail 1 To display only mail from a certain sender in Mac OS X Mail 1: Select (the first) From from the Search Mailbox drop-down menu (the one with the magnification glass).Start typing the person's name or email address. Mac OS X Mail automatically filters the currently open mailbox for your search string as you type in real-time and displays only emails from your VIP.