Using KMail

When KMail is started, the main window is opened. By default, the main window consists of the following three sections:

Figure 15.1. Main Window of KMail after Start-Up

Main Window of KMail after Start-Up
Folder Area (left)

This section contains a list of your mail folders (mail boxes) indicating the total number of messages and how many are still unread. To select a folder, simply click it. The messages it contains appear in the top right frame. The number of messages is also displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the application window.

Header Area (right)

The subject, sender, and time of reception of received messages are listed in this area. Click a message to select it and display it in the message window. Sort the messages by clicking one of the columns (subject, sender, date, etc.).

Message Area (below)

The contents of the currently selected message are displayed in this frame. Attachments are depicted as icons at the end of the message, based on the MIME type of the attachment. Use PgUp and PgDn to scroll through the pages of the message or use and to scroll line by line. The shortcuts are indicated after the respective menu items in the main menu.

Messages can be marked with different status flags. Change the status with Message -> Highlight as. The available flags are:

New (red dot, header in red)

The message is new and has not yet been read.

Unread (green dot, header in blue)

A message changes its status from New to Unread after the folder containing it is reopened.

Read (dash)

The message has been read.

Replied (blue, U-shaped arrow)

The message has been answered.

Forwarded (blue, straight arrow)

The message has been forwarded to another e-mail address.

Waiting (envelope)

The message has been placed in the outbox to send later.

Sent (slanted envelope)

The message has been read.

Important (flag)

The message is important.