Quickly Delete Emails in Mail.app Using Hotkeys

While it’s common to press the delete key in Mail.app to move an email to the Trash and then empty it or delete the email again to completely remove it, there’s a quicker method available. This technique was highlighted by MacOSXHints, which allows users to instantly and permanently erase any email from any folder in Mail.app.

The process involves using the cut command (cmd-x) on selected messages, which eliminates the need to first move them to the Trash.

However, it’s important to proceed with caution when using this method. Skipping the Trash step means there is no recovery option; once an email is cut, it’s irretrievably deleted.

Therefore, it’s advisable to use this command judiciously to avoid accidental loss of important emails.

[Source: Hawk Wings]

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