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Let’s hear it for customizeable toolbars

January 11, 2007 | Computers

A huge thorn in my side is the appropriate use of Reply-All vs. Reply when replying to an email. I don’t have a problem hitting reply all when I notice that the message was directed to more people than just me, I typically don’t notice that it was sent to more than just me, so I’ll just hit reply without thinking of it.

The solution? Take the idiot out of the equation and remove the Reply button so that there’s only a Reply All button. I can’t believe that it took me this long to think of this solution.

I’m sure my opinion will change the first time I reply with "he’s an idiot" with that person on the thread…

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  • Well, I’d say "Reply All" is misleading. to "Reply" it to reply to a source that sent you the e-mail. I’d say they need to come up with a better name than just "Reply All."

    Tom, January 11, 2007 5:26 pm | permalink

  • Corrections: to "Reply" is to reply to a source

    Tom, January 11, 2007 5:31 pm | permalink

  • Semi-related: I really like how Mail’s reply window works. If you hit reply and type a message and then realize that you need to reply all, hit the reply all button in the reply window and everyone else is added to the message. Conversely, if you reply to all and then realize that it should only go to the sender, hit the button and everyone else disappears. I find myself greatly missing this feature in Outlook 2003 at work.

    joel, January 14, 2007 12:11 pm | permalink

  • Yeah, I miss that too – now that I know it exists 😉

    Shawn Parker, January 15, 2007 9:07 am | permalink

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