Apple Mail message highlighting seems "stuck", how to fix?

in Mac Software edited January 2014
I've been thinking about using Apple Mail for some of my email uses, but I've got a strange problem, after going back to the program. I use the Rules feature to highlight messages from certain friends and family members. I also, for some reason, used to use it to highlight mail that went to a certain account.

I don't want it to put a purple highlight behind mail to that account anymore, though, so I removed that rule. But mail continues to highlight those messages. In fact, any changes I make to the rules (moving a friend from one ihghlight color to another) are not "taken" by Mail. Even if I delete all the rules, the color highlightings remain.

I threw out the file in ~/Library/Preferences, but the problem persists.

Has anyone seen anything like this before? Any suggestions on how to deal with it?


  • Reply 1 of 3
    talksense101talksense101 Posts: 1,738member
    Mail doesn't remove highlighting. I ended up copying the files to my inbox after editing the rule and running the filter again.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    kirklandkirkland Posts: 594member
    I don't understand, there's no way to get rid of it? How do I "copy my files back into the Inbox" and whta filter is it that I rerun?
  • Reply 3 of 3
    Select all messages you want the new rules to affect and choose from the menu bar...

    Message > Apply Rules
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