Show Only Mail from a Certain Sender in Mac OS X Mail

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.

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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.

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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.