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Is anybody able to develop a Terminal command that will change the behaviour of swipe settings in Mail?

By default swipe right is 'Mark as Unread/Read' while swipe left is 'Trash'.

The Preferences setting is only able to change the swipe left gesture to 'Archive' instead of 'Trash'. However no such customisation is provided for the swipe right gesture.

I want to be able to swipe right to Archive; it feels more natural and moreover this is the setting on my iPhone as well.

  • Airmail 3 has the capability to customize all swipes to whatever you want from a larger list of options. I realize this doesn't answer your exact question but it's an alternative.
    – tubedogg
    Aug 29 '16 at 0:52

I'm going to go out on a limb and say there is no hidden setting to do this.

I tried making a new user account and switching the primary language to Arabic - so that the text and mail panes are laid out right-to-left instead of left-to-right and the swipe gesture is still:

  • swipe to right marks as unread/read
  • swipe to left is trash

My thinking is that if there was an allowance for differing behavior, Apple would have implemented that change in the swipe for languages with right-to-left text flow direction.

I could be wrong and hope someone posts a better answer if I am actually wrong in my guess. My thinking is you'd want to file a bug report to ask for the change if you don't think Apple will re-evaluate this design choice on their own accord.

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