Im looking for a quick way to bring up a compose mail message dialogue.

Either a keyboard shortcut, or even a little tool within mountain lion's new notification center would be cool.

Anyone got anything?

  • Could I suggest some external software?
    – pasawaya
    Aug 1 '12 at 6:40
  • @qegal go for it
    – Jonah Katz
    Aug 1 '12 at 13:29

The easiest way out-of-the box is to use the "services menu". Just select some text anywhere (a single character will do), right click to open the context menu and select the bottom-most item "Email Selection":

Screenshot of Email Selection

If it is not present (should be) you need to enable it under System settings -> Keyboard -> Keyboard commands -> Services -> Text


Mail Unread Menu is what you want. Free/donation-ware. Compose New Mail from the menubar.

Also custom alerts and more. Working well in Mountain Lion.


One option would be to assign a shortcut to an AppleScript like this:

tell application "Mail"
    make new outgoing message with properties {visible:true}
end tell

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .