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Recently I have noticed that Mail.app on Mojave is sending discarded messages to the trash instead of archive. I have set the preference "Move discarded messages into archive", but that doesn't seem to make a difference. Is this a bug? According to the user guide, this setting controls the behavior "when you swipe left on a message in the message list". That description is puzzling since this is a Mac without a touchscreen.

On the toolbar, I have two separate buttons for Delete and Archive. Both of these buttons work correctly, but I like to discard messages using the delete (backspace) key.

I did figure out that setting Trash Mailbox to None will effectively make all discarded messages go to archive. But this makes it impossible to trash a message. I want the delete key to archive and I want the trash button to trash. enter image description here

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  • try creating a custom shortcut in System Preference according to, in Mail app, Message menu-> Archive. Also, You can swipe left on a Mac!! pardon because I chuckled. Swipe on the message with two fingers. You should see a archive box if these settings are in place. – ankiiiiiii Aug 14 at 18:32
  • Oh do you mean swiping with a trackpad? I forgot about that since I use a trackball. Custom shortcut is a good idea, I will try that. – Elliott Aug 14 at 18:58

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