A few months ago, I talked about my new email client, neomutt, and the default settings I settled upon. Nothing has changed much, except that I now use a single catchup email address, which makes managing emails more comfortable over time.
Here are a few other tricks that I learned (the hard way) in the meantime:
If you use Vim or Neovim as your main editor for writing emails, you can enable spell checking as follows:
set editor = "nvim +8 -c 'set textwidth=0' -c 'set spell spelllang=fr,en'". Note that you can use more than one language.
I don’t like notification, but you can get live notifications on your desktop using inotify.
If you have multiple accounts (past or present), it is useful to define
Folding may be enabled automagically for threads provided you ask for it, e.g., write
folder-hook archives/* 'push <collapse-all>\n' in your
muttrc config file, after replacing
archives with the mailbox of interest.
If you prefer reading plain text message over, say, HTML version, don’t forget to add
alternative_order text/plain text/enriched text/html.
If you use mu as your main backend to process your email archives, you can benefit from its search functionalities in addition to Neomutt builtin ones. I use the following bindings to query and retrieve results:
macro index F "<shell-escape>mu find --clearlinks --format=links --linksdir=~/.mu/results " "mu find" macro index ,f "<change-folder-readonly>~/.mu/results<enter>" "mu find results"
Rather than reading then deleting a message, you can mark it as read and delete it altogether using the following macro:
macro index,pager X ":set confirmappend=no delete=yes resolve=no\n<clear-flag>N<tag-prefix><delete-message>:set confirmappend=yes delete=ask-yes resolve=yes\n<next-undeleted>". This way, to delete a message just press the X key; it will be marked as read and moved to your Trash folder. No more unread message in your Trash folder!
To mark all messages as read, you can use the following macro:
macro index \Cr "T~U<enter><tag-prefix><clear-flag>N<untag-pattern>.<enter>" "mark all messages as read".
Finally, to view specific attachments, you can use the following settings:
application/pdf; pdftotext -layout %s -; copiousoutput; # application/pdf; /usr/bin/xdg-open %s ; copiousoutput application/postscript ; /usr/bin/xdg-open %s ; copiousoutput application/msword; pandoc --from docx --to plain %s; copiousoutput application/rtf; pandoc --from rtf --to plain %s; copiousoutput
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