One of the things I’ve learned about most technology is that there’s usually (at least) three ways to do most things – whether that’s getting a map to a location on my smartphone, updating somebody’s contact information or sending a message of some kind.
With that in mind, I’m starting a periodic series titled “Three Ways:” (stunningly original, I know). I’m certain I won’t be the only one contributing to this series; Abby is very good at finding alternative ways to do things, so expect her to be adding to the Three Ways library.
I’m starting this little journey with something that every iOS (meaning iPhone/iPod/iPad) user does – delete messages from their mail. And believe it or not, there are three ways to do it:
Way #1: From the message itself, using the Trash Can.
This is probably the most obvious method – open the mail message, read it and then throw it away. The Trash Can icon in the bottom menu bar is just that – the trash. Tap on that icon and the message is moved out of the Inbox/folder and marked as deleted.
Way #2: In bulk, using the Edit button at the top of the listing.
Select the items you want to delete – the red check mark will appear as you select items. When ready, tap the Delete button on the bottom menu bar. Once again, off to the trash they go.
Way #3: Individually from the Inbox, using a swipe gesture.
This is the one that most people don’t know about, and it’s the one I probably use the most. iOS is loaded with swipe gestures, each of which does something different (depending on where you are in iOS).
While in your Inbox (or another folder listing), use one finger and swipe horizontally across the message you want to delete. When you do, a Delete button will appear on the right side of the message listing. Tap Delete, and away it goes.
There you have it – three ways delete mail.
This is the first of what I hope will be many Three Ways postings – so if there’s something you think is more difficult than it should be, let us know what that is and we’ll see if there’s a better way. Or two.