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17 Limiting Display

Another way to organize messages in a folder besides threading (see Threading) or using full-text indexed searches (see Searching) is by limiting the folder display to messages that are similar to the current message.

/ ?
Display cheat sheet for the commands of the current prefix in minibuffer (mh-prefix-help).
/ '
Limit to messages in the ‘tick’ sequence (mh-narrow-to-tick).
/ c
Limit to messages with the same ‘Cc:’ field (mh-narrow-to-cc).
/ m
Limit to messages with the same ‘From:’ field (mh-narrow-to-from).
/ g
Limit to range (mh-narrow-to-range).
/ s
Limit to messages with the same ‘Subject:’ field (mh-narrow-to-subject).
/ t
Limit to messages with the same ‘To:’ field (mh-narrow-to-to).
/ w
Remove last restriction (mh-widen).

All of the limiting commands above refine the display in some way.

The commands / c (mh-narrow-to-cc), / m (mh-narrow-to-from), / s (mh-narrow-to-subject), and / t (mh-narrow-to-to) restrict the display to messages matching the content of the respective field in the current message. However, you can give any of these a prefix argument to edit the pick expression used to narrow the view1.

You can also limit the display to messages in the ‘tick’ sequence with the command / ' (mh-narrow-to-tick). See Sequences, for information on putting message into the ‘tick’ sequence. Use the / g (mh-narrow-to-range) command to limit the display to messages in a range (see Ranges).

Each limit can be undone in turn with the / w (mh-widen) command. Give this command a prefix argument to remove all limits.


Footnotes

[1] See pick(1) or the section Finding Messages with pick in the MH book.