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I'm on Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard).

In Mail, I have the first message in my Inbox selected and I'm trying to navigate to the last message using my keyboard.

In Thunderbird, I just hit the End key, which for me is "Function-right arrow" because I'm on a MacBook Pro.

In Mail, with the first message selected, if I hit "Function-right arrow" (i.e. End), the scroll bar moves down, allowing me to see the messages at the bottom of the list, but the first message at the top of the list is still selected. What I want is for the last message to be selected.

I've tried lots of key combinations and searched for the answer but haven't been able to find it. Please help. I posted this originally at but the only advice I received was to file a bug with Apple, which I did.

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Type option-down arrow and keep it pressed for > 1s. The same goes for going to the top of the mail list, but type option-up arrow.

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Perfect answer! Thank you so much! This really belongs in the app's "Mail keyboard shortcuts" help page. – Philip Durbin Sep 12 '09 at 4:31
Props to Efge:… – hanleyp Sep 12 '09 at 4:46
⌥↑ and ⌥↓ stopped working in 10.7. (They no longer work on iTunes playlists either.) – user495470 Nov 12 '11 at 0:49
I had the same question for Outlook 2011. This worked! – Keltari Jan 28 '15 at 15:16
  • OS X Lion: fn and fn

  • OS X Mavericks: controloption and controloption

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