MH & nmh: Email for Users & Programmers

May, 2006

Table of Contents
by Brent Welch

The middle subwindow lists the messages in the current folder.

The lines of the table of contents are highlighted to reflect the state of each message. The Table below gives the defaults on color and monochrome displays.

Table: Table of Contents Highlighting

    Color       Monochrome        Meaning

    red         reverse video     The current message

    blue        underlined        Unread messages

    grey        Cross-hatched     Messages marked for deletion
    background  background

    yellow      Stippled          Message marked for refile
    background  background        to another folder
The mouse bindings for the table of contents are listed in the Table below. "Drag" refers to holding the mouse button down while moving the mouse.

Table: Table of Contents Mouse Bindings

    Button        Action

    First         Select and display a message.

    First-Drag    Select a range of messages.

    Shift-First   Modify the selected range.

    Second-Drag   Scroll the display.

    Third         Select but don't display the message.
Several of the operations on messages can be applied to a set of selected messages. To select a set, drag the mouse across a range of messages while holding down the first mouse button. Holding down the Shift key while you click (or drag) toggles the selected state of a message. The toggle behavior means you can unselect messages to remove them from a range, and you can select messages and add them to a range. This lets you create a discontinuous selection.

Hint: The table of contents comes from both the MH scan and inc programs, depending on circumstance. If you define a custom scan format, set the same format in your MH profile for both inc and scan.