I know that we have plenty of postings on mail apps for macOS. I have a specific frustration and hope that I might cut through the plethora of discussions to find a quick, effective answer.
I am using Apple Mail. My frustration remains that I cannot easily manage discussion “threads” as incoming+sent. It seems that, when I want to move a thread, I have to move the incoming messages (e.g. to a specific Google label/folder or a local folder), switch views, and then move the sent messages. When I get a “one-off” email, respond to it, and want to delete the incoming+sent, I have to delete the incoming, switch views, and then delete the sent.
It seems that I have four options from what I can gather:
Live with it (ugh!)
Use a different mail app (which one?)
Incorporate a plug-in (which one?)
Write a script (or use an existing script)
??? → do something magic that I did not know about Apple Mail
To the third case, I have the SmallCubed MailSuite installed, primarily for the Perspectives view that it affords. In the fourth case, I am conversant with AppleScript that I could manage to re-cast something that exists into something that does what I want.
I think if you use the Tags feature of MailTags you will be able to see and move all components of a conversation inside a Tag, and then select and move all the message. The Projects feature can be used the same way.
It doesn’t, indeed. There’s the link to the selected message feature we all know and love. (I guess that dresses @JohnAtl question as well).
That said, there’s a way to open the whole thread from that message window. It took me a while to figure out, so I’ll lay it out for those who are interested: when clicking, on the menu, View > Show Related Messages. Then the message window will display these messages in “cards” into the window (as seen in the screenshot bellow), that can also be selected through the left/right arrow keys.
My gripe with Outlook is that there’s no way to get a link to open a given thread/message later (such as our beloved message: links), except for the Microsoft To Do app or the Todoist plugin for Outlook.