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8 Best Features and Shortcuts of Mail App on iPadOS

Are you using an iPad to manage your email accounts? Then, there’s good news for you. Apple has added a bunch of new features to its Mail app on iOS 13 and iPad OS. Even though the new version is scheduled to release in early September, we tried the beta version of the iPad OS. And, here is the list of best features or shortcuts we found on the Mail app.

1. Extended Reply

In iOS 12 or other older versions, the reply menu had only three options: Reply, Forward, and Print. Now, Apple has added more options in the reply menu in iPad OS/iOS 13.

Launch the Mail app and tap the Reply icon to any of the email conversation in your inbox. Then, you will see a pop-up screen as shown below:

iPad OS Extended Reply menu

Here, you can find a bunch of new options like Flag, Move to another mailbox, Mark as Unread, Delete Message, Move to Junk and more. This extended reply menu will help the users to quickly organize the email conversations in a better way.

2. Multicolored Flags

Are you someone who flags email messages so that you can follow up later? Then, you would love this feature, as it allows you to flag messages in 7 different colors (Orange, Red, Purple, Blue, Yellow, Green, Grey). Since these colored flags are synced via iCloud, you can remove or change that in all of your Apple devices.

Tap the Email that needs to be flagged. Next, tap Reply icon on the right. Then, tap Flag and select your desired color. That’s it. Now, you have successfully flagged the message. If you would like to remove the flag, then tap UnFlag icon. (Flag icon with a backslash).

iPad OS Multicolor Flags

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3. Mute Conversations

Is your mailbox is flooded with too many marketing or promotional emails? The best option to get rid of such emails is by unsubscribing from their newsletter. In case you don’t wish to do that, then you can at least disable the notifications for that kind of mails.

To do that, tap the email sender for which you would like to disable notifications. Next, tap Reply icon on the right. Then, tap Mute. Now, you will not receive an email notification from this sender anymore.

4. Text Formatting Options

Thanks to iOS 13/iPad OS, now your Mail app supports a lot of formatting options which includes making the text in bold/italic, underlining text, inserting bullets/numbering, adjusting size/color of the font, aligning text to left, right or center and more.

While launching iOS keyboard from Mail app, you will find the text “Aa”. Just tap on that to view all the formatting options.

iPad OS Text Formatting Options

5. Font Selection

Are you someone who loves trying out different fonts? Now, you can use any of the system fonts or fonts you had installed, while composing a new message or replying to someone.

On the iOS keyboard, tap Aa. Next, tap on the text Default Font. Then, you will see a pop-up screen titled Choose Font. Go ahead and select your desired font. Now, whatever text you type will be displayed in the selected font.

iPad OS Mail font selection

Do remember that the font will be valid only for the current message you type. Once you exit the Mail app or switch to another app, the default font will be restored

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6. File Attachments

Attaching an image, document or other types of files has been made a lot easier in the upcoming iOS 13 / iPad OS. On the iOS keyboard, you can see five icons for attaching files from Photos, Camera, iCloud Drive and more. The Scanner icon allows you to scan the hard copy of any document and attach that on your email. Using these five icons, you can quickly attach any file you need to.

iPad OS Mail File attachments

Related: How to Change or Remove “Sent from My iPhone” Signature on Mail App 

What’s Missing?

No doubt, Apple has enhanced its mail app by adding new features and improving the existing ones. Still, there are scopes for improvements. For example, while searching for flagged messages, it shows all the messages flagged. It would be really nice if there is an option to filter the flagged messages by color so that it will be helpful for the users to assign different priority levels for various colors.

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  1. Very good article – you helped me find the editing tools! Thank you!
    NOW, can you find a way to increase the font for received emails – the body text of messages from others. My emails (running iPadOS 13.1.2 on an iPad Pro) show that as almost unreadably small – probably size 7 or 8. My best solution for long messages (I’m a relationship and parenting counselor, so some are quite looooong!) is to copy all and move it to Notes or Pages to enlarge the font.

    • Unfortunately, text editing/font tools are available only to compose messages on the Mail app. If you wish to view your incoming messages on a bigger, then the only available option to increase the text size of your iPad. To do that, navigate to Settings->Display & Brightness->Text Size.

  2. Multicoloured flags?
    Works fine on iPhone (iOS 13.2.3) however on iPad flag colours can be changed but after exiting email on returning all flags have changed to default red! Have raised an issue report with Apple.


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