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Similar to Gmail priority inbox, is there a Mail 6.3 (OSX Mountain Lion) plugin that lets me view unread messages first or sort them so they're at top of inbox?

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Sorting by "unread" is built in already – patrix Apr 3 '13 at 3:59
Used Tiger and Snow Leopard for a long time. Need to learn the new Mail in Mountain Lion better. Thanks for pointing that out. – Danger14 Apr 4 '13 at 4:16
Can I mark your comment as best answer? – Danger14 Apr 4 '13 at 4:22
You can't accept comments, but I'm fine if you accept @Vincent's answer below (which I've just edited to include the sorting stuff as well). – patrix Apr 4 '13 at 4:38
up vote 11 down vote accepted

In Mac's mail app you have got the option to create a 'smart mailbox'. This allows you for example to only view unread emails. It can even do that over multiple mailboxes.

Sample rule for unread messages of today (taken from

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If you just want to have the unread messages always on top, there's a sort option for that in the menu between Edit and Mailbox (probably called View).

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To make this an even better answer: can you add a (link to a) screenshot showing how such a mailbox could be defined? – patrix Apr 3 '13 at 4:03
I would, but my OSX is in Dutch (and therefore Mail too), so I think it will not be very helpful. However, here is a website to a tutorial that does pretty much the same:… – Vincent Apr 3 '13 at 4:07
I would take out the Date Received is Today, since that may filter messages you received yesterday that are unread. Also You can add "Message is in Mailbox: Inbox" to filter any other folders you may not be interested in. – Martín Marconcini Apr 4 '13 at 4:34
Thanks Vincent! – Danger14 Apr 4 '13 at 16:45
You are welcome! – Vincent Apr 5 '13 at 1:48

In addition to Vincent's answer, you can be more creative with your Smart Mailboxes, but since you're in Mountain Lion, you can sort any Smart Mailbox by Unread/Read status.

Sort Mailbox

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