In Apple Mail, normally inbox items have a white background, except for the selected items which have a dark blue background. Yet, yesterday I received an email from Apple which displays with a light blue background (third item on the picture).

How to un-blue this Apple email?

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  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
  • Mail 11.3 (3445.6.18)

2 Answers 2


In the Menu Bar go to Mail>Preferences>Rules and unselect News from Apple.

You can read more about rules here : https://support.apple.com/guide/mail/use-rules-to-manage-your-inbox-mlhlp1017/mac and about highlighting here : https://support.apple.com/guide/mail/color-code-messages-mlhlp1063/mac


Josh answer will solve the background coloring for newly received emails, by disabling a default Rule.

If you need/want to remove the background color for previously received emails:

  1. Open Format -> Show Colors (or ShiftC).
  2. Choose the white color.
  3. Select the emails for which you want to reset their color.
  4. Right-click on those emails and choose Apply rules.
  5. Close the color picker (ShiftC).

(see: https://support.apple.com/guide/mail/color-code-messages-mlhlp1063/mac)

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