How to Add or Change Background Color in Emails on Mac OS X Mail

Find your essential emails easily with color coding. If you receive hundreds of messages every day, then finding a specific email could be difficult. In such a situation you’ll want to mark your important messages so that you can quickly see them whenever you need. Mac OS X Mail offers a lot of features with ease of access, and the Email background color is one from them. It provides you various colors to choose from, pick, and mark the emails as you want. You can highlight your important or frequently used email with red. Here is how to add or change background colors in emails on Mac OS X Mail.

How to add color in an Email’s background in Mail app on Mac

Setting a background color in the emails is a pretty simple job; you just have to select the message and choose a color for it from the ‘Format/Show Colors’ menu.  You can remove the color whenever you want. Here is the process to set colors in an email’s background.

1.    Launch the app and go to the folder or smart folder that has the message you want to highlight.

2.    After that, look for your desired message and select it.

3.    Ensure that the message is selected and open the Format menu.

4.    Then click on ‘Show Colors’ in the menu. If you don’t see this on the menu, then you’ll need to select ‘Hide Colors’ option first. Once you choose it, ‘Show Colors’ option will start appearing on the menu, now you can select it.

Tips: Alternatively, you can use ‘Command + Shift + C’ keyboard shortcut to show and hide the Colors window.

5.    Now, you’ll see color picking option on your screen.

6.    Click and pick the color you want to add to the message’s background.

The selected color will be applied to the message.

How to remove a color from an Email’s background in Mail app on Mac

Removing a color is also as simple as adding it. If your work is over and you no longer want to keep the message highlighted, then you can remove the color easily by choosing the previous ‘White’ color. Here is how to change or remove the color from an email’s background.

1.    Launch the app and go to the folder or smart folder that has the message you want to remove the background color of.

2.    After that, look for your desired message and select it.

3.    Ensure that the message is selected and then go to the Format menu.

7.    Then click on ‘Show Colors’ in the menu. You may need to select ‘Hide Colors’ option first. Once you select it, the ‘Show Colors’ option will start appearing on the menu, and now you can choose it.

4.    Now, you’ll see color picking option on your screen.

5.    Click on ‘White’ color. If you want to use any other color then instead choose it.

6.    Next, navigate the ‘Crayons’ tab.

7.    And click on ‘Snow.’ You’ll see it at the bottom of the window near the right-hand side.

The previous background color will be changed or removed from the email’s background.

Alexa Thomson is an security expert who has worked with leading antivirus software companies. Owing to her expertise in security, finance, accountancy, and technology, her blogs have been published in leading magazines and platforms. Her favorite antivirus software writings come for webroot support number

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