Message View Screen

Highlighting a message in the folder index screen and pressing ENTER displays the contents of the message. Cursor up/down keys, PgUp and PgDn scroll the message vertically.

Message View Screen

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The following keys are available from this screen:


This option is usually used as a rough mechanism for printing a message. It runs an external command, and supplies the formatted version of the message to the external command, as standard input. Pressing | prompts for the command to invoke, which defaults to lpr. The command is started, and the formatted version of the currently displayed message is provided to the external command on standard input.


This option Prompts for search text, then searches the currently shown message for the first occurence of the entered text. The search begins starting with the first line shown on the screen. To search the entire message, make sure that the beginning of the message is shown on the screen.


Blindly forward the current message. The message is resent without adding any additional comments, or changing the sender's name. Cone prompt for the recipient's name, or names, and send the messages without changing the message's headers in any way (additional headers may be added by the mail server, of course).


Save the message's contents into a file. Pressing S prompts for a filename where the message's raw, unformatted contents are saved.


Mark this message as deleted, then advance to the next message in the folder.


Forwards the current message. Cone opens a screen where a new message may be written. The current message is either saved as an attachment to the new message, or is quoted in the new message's text (Cone prompts to choose one or the other before opening the new message screen).


Run the external command that's assigned to this function key. The external command receives a copy of the shown message on its standard input. An external command must be previously assigned to this function key on the Folder Index screen, where this is described in greater detail, in the External commands section.


Toggle between displaying abbreviated mail headers, and all mail headers.

I or <

Return to the folder index screen.


This option closes the folder index screen, and returns to the folder listing screen.


Pressing M closes this screen, and opens the Main Menu screen.


Advance to the next message in the folder.


Advance to the previous message in the folder.


This option creates a reply to the current message. Cone may ask a few questions before creating a reply. Cone knows how to format replies in three different ways. Not every format reply is available with every message. No questions are asked when only one reply format is possible for the message. Cone asks when more than one reply format is available.

Proper selection of a reply format is only possible when the main menu's setup screen is initialized with all applicable E-mail addresses. The available reply formats are:

Reply to a mailing list

If one or more of the recipients of the original message are mailing list addresses, the reply is addressed to the mailing list addresses only, ignoring any sender or carbon-copy addresses.

Reply to all

If the message is addressed to or from more than one address, excluding the user's address, the reply is addressed to all original senders and recipients, except for the user's address.


The reply is addressed to the sending party.


Show the next page, like PgDn. If the last page is already shown, advance to the next unread message in the folder.


When Cone displays an HTML message with external links, and one or more links are visible, the cursor is turned on and placed on the first shown link. Cursor up/down keys advances the cursor to the previos/next HTML link, and Enter activates the link.


Cone knows how process mailto:, http:, and https: URLs. See the cone(1) manual page for more information.

Cone also tries to detect links in plain, non-HTML, mail. Cone's ability to correctly detect the start and the end of a link may not work 100% of the time with non-HTML mail.


Many mailing lists add links to various administrative functions (such as unsubscribing or searching the list's archives) to the headers of the mailing list's messages. Press H to display full message headers and access those links.


This options shows a list of E-mail addresses from the message, and offers a quick option to add the addresses to the addressbook.


Remove the deleted mark from this message, then advance to the next message in the folder.


This command opens the screen with a list of attachments to the current message. This is the View Attachment screen. It is a very simple screen: each attachment is listed, giving its MIME type (the type of the attachment), its approximate size, and the attachments's description, if provided.

Plain text attachments may be viewed individually, by pressing ENTER. Press S to download and save the highlighted attachment. Use I to return to the folder index screen, L to return to the folder listing screen, and M to go back to the main menu screen.

After downloading an attachment it may be optionally deleted, or removed from the message. Press D to delete the highlighted attachment. Pressing D does not delete the attachment immediately, it only marks the attachment for deletion. More than one attachment may be marked for deletion at the same time. Press X to permanently remove all attachments that are marked for deletion. Beforing pressing X, a marked attachment can be unmarked by pressing U. Once X is pressed all the deleted attachments are gone for good, and cannot be undeleted.


Only messages in local mail folders, IMAP folders, and POP3 maildrop folders may have their attachments removed. Messages in POP3 folders and NetNews folders cannot have their attachments removed.

When GnuPG is installed, highlighting an attachment that contains GPG/PGP keys and pressing ENTER imports the keys. Cone prompts for a confirmation, then runs GnuPG to import the attached keys. Some versions of Gnu require a special procedure for importing private keys. Cone's prompt has an explicit private key export option. With other versions of GnuPG this option doesn't matter. Selecting the default import option will import whatever keys were attached, public or private.

When running in an X-terminal, highlighting an image attachment and pressing ENTER displays the image in a separate window. This is done by running either Gnome's eog, or KDE's kview image viewer. Cone's manual page contains instructions for installing hooks for viewing other kinds of attachments, or using a different image viewer.


Pressing W opens the Write Message screen. This is the screen where a new message can be typed, and sent. Cone checks for any unfinished messages in the Draft folder, before opening this screen. If the Draft folder contains any messages, Cone offers an option to resume writing an unfinished message, instead of starting a new message. Cone automatically saves a backup copy of the current message being edited, at regular intervals, so that a backup copy can be recovered in the event that Cone is interrupted, or terminated, in a middle of editing a new message. If a backup copy exists, Cone announces the existence of an interrupted message, and prompts to resume writing the interrupted message. An interrupted message must be opened and either: sent, explicitly cancelled, or saved in the Draft folder; before another message can be written.