If I search for something in my mailbox, select the message I'm interested in, then clear the search box (because I want to see the other messages that came in around the same time), the selection resets and I lose my selected message.

I thought there was once some option like "View message in mailbox" that could be used to select a given message without filtering out everything else, but I can't find it anywhere.

Am I imagining things? Does this still exist?

-- Edit --

Trying to clarify with screencaps.

  1. I search for and select a message.


  1. I clear the search.


  • The message I had selected has been deselected
  • The message list pane has scrolled back to the top

What I want is for the message I had selected to still be selected, or at least visible on the screen.

  • Are you sure you loose them? if you do the same search again are they there or not ? – Ruskes Dec 6 '14 at 4:46
  • No, it's still there if I search again. The problem is that I can't see it "in context" -- I want to see the mailbox the message is in, with the message selected. But when I clear the search box, it deselects the message. If it's in a mailbox with thousands of messages (which is generally why I'm searching in the first place) I have to manually browse through the mailbox trying to find it. – Adam Jan 29 '15 at 21:15
  • ok let me try that on my mail – Ruskes Jan 29 '15 at 21:19
  • sorry your request does not makes sense to me--deleted my answer – Ruskes Mar 9 '15 at 21:28

Answering (sort of) my own question. When making the screenshots I added to the question, I happened to turn off the "Organize by Conversation" option, and it suddenly worked! When clearing the search box, the selected message remains selected.

Moreover, this also happens:

  1. Turn on "Organize by Conversation"
  2. Enter some search term
  3. Select a message
  4. Clear the search box -- the message will be deselected
  5. Turn off "Organize by Conversation"
  6. The previously selected message is reselected

So I guess the "answer" is that "Organize by Conversation" is simply a shoddy feature that Apple bolted onto their mail client without caring too much how well it works.

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