Lots of people want to change the color of individual mailbox folders on their Mac in the Mail app, in order to quickly and visually distinguish one mail folder from another. Despite dozens, if not hundreds, of threads looking for this option on the Mac forums, it has never been added as a feature. But there is a way that you can do something just as good – in fact we think better! – to visually distinguish mailbox folders in your Mac mail app program! So just what is this method for making the mail folders on your Mac visually distinguishable from each other? Well, did you know that you can add emoji as an icon to the name of a mailbox folder?? Check it out!
Here’s how to do it.
How to Add Emoji to the Name of a Mail Folder on the Mac – Because You Can’t Change the Color of a Mac Mail Folder
First, you need to know how to bring up the emoji viewer on your Mac. Now, in most regular places where your Mac would be expecting you to insert an emoji (say, in iMessage, or in an email) you can bring up the emoji viewer and inserter by simply pressing command+control+spacebar, and then you double-click on the emoji you want to insert it into your text.
However, for some reason when renaming your mail folders, that doesn’t work. So you will need to go up to your menu bar on your Mac, and click on the little flag which represents the country of origin for your keyboard’s language – because that is actually where your keyboard menu is. Click on the flag to get the dropdown menu, and click on Show Emoji & Symbols.
If you don’t see the flag on your menu bar, it means that you need to enable showing it. To do this go to Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources, and tick the checkbox labelled ‘Show Input menu in menu bar’.
This will display that keyboard flag on your menu bar so that you can bring up the emoji viewer.
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Now, go to your mail folder sidebar in the Mail app.
Here is an example of part of a mail folder sidebar:
To be able to edit a mail folder’s name, you can either double click on the mail folder’s name, or control-click on the mail folder’s name and select ‘Rename Mailbox’.
OR, you can alt/option click on it which will take you to the editing field of the mailbox folder directly.
Whichever method you choose, you are going to end up here:
Now bring up the emoji viewer and inserter, and decide which emoji you want to use to designate that mailbox folder. Because this is our Recipes email folder, we are going to use a cookie.
Simply double click on the emoji, and it will insert it into the folder name wherever you have positioned the cursor!
To save your new, emojified mailbox folder name, just click anywhere outside of that name.
Here are some of the ways we use this hack:
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