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Most Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Where is the Mutt manual? - [here](http://www.mutt.org/doc/manual.txt) or look for "manual.txt" on the [MuttWiki](home) page.
I'm having problems after an upgrade and my old muttrc is giving me errors - read the !ChangeLog in source package for changed features and new manual.txt passages for problem items.
I'm having folder problems, using only IMAP folders mutt still queries about local folders, why? - see [MuttFaq/RemoteFolder](MuttFaq/RemoteFolder)
I'm having character set issues and can't see character X in latin1/windows-1256/whatever-encoded messages - see [MuttFaq/Charset](MuttFaq/Charset)
I want to have Mutt to use a remote SMTP server to send mail - see [MuttFaq/Sendmail](MuttFaq/Sendmail)
I want to show the (new) message count in the folder browser - see [MuttFaq/Display](MuttFaq/Display)
I want some good mutt config files (muttrc) - see [ConfigList](ConfigList) + [ConfigTricks](ConfigTricks)
I want to make my mutt config dynamic (with "if"-conditions) even without [ScriptSupport](ScriptSupport)? - see [MuttFaq/Misc](MuttFaq/Misc)
I want to find the reason for muttrc errors see [DebugConfig](DebugConfig)
I have two identical configs on different machines, but one fails - see [DebugConfig](DebugConfig)
What's the key (-binding) for function XYZ?
How do I "move" or "save"?
How do I save / delete / copy / print / pipe multiple or several messages?
How do I search / tag / match / view only specific messages?
How do I mark a message as "read"?
How do I actually delete messages marked for deletion or save read messages to "mbox"es without having to quit?
How do I use buttons with my mouse!?
How do I see the "mailboxes" folders with new mail as with "-y" option without restarting mutt?
How do I create a new folder?
How do I stop at the end of a message when paging down and not jump to next one?
Why don't shift or control cursor keys work?
How do I set my From: address?
How do I set the address used in the SMTP negotiation (envelope address)?
How do I fix my local hostname when I've set my From: header field in Mutt, but the SMTP server still sees it?
Why does a remote SMTP server refuse to accept my email because of a wrong domain name, even if I gave a correct From:?
How do I manage several different roles (From:-addresses)?
How do I let mutt use the To: address of a message as a From: address in a reply?
How do I fix set $reverse_name, when it's not working?
How do I change "Message Priority" for outgoing mail?
What does "XYZ is not a mailbox" or "has no messages" mean?
Why are "new" flags of mbox folders wrong (folder-list view, not single messages in index view)?
How do I make mutt open a specific folder on start up?
How do I save copies of outgoing / sent email? How to do it for the current folder?
Why can't I modify my inbox folder. It says its read-only but my permissions are ok?
How do I make mutt check for new mail more often? What's the difference between $timeout and $mail_check?
How do I make mutt stop asking to "move read messages to mbox"!
How do I use the "trash" folder?
How do I import messages from Pine, Thunderbird, Kmail, Evolution, ...?
How do I fix a missing trailing '/' in my .procmailrc, and procmail delivered many emails to a Maildir folder in MH format?
What's the difference between '+' and '='?
How do I access my POP/IMAP account(s)?
When using a ssh-tunnel-to-IMAP I get error messages, but the tunnel commands work well in a shell, why?!
How do I save typing long IMAP-pathnames?
How do I list/ browse remote IMAP-folders?
How do I fix mutt queries about local folders when I'm using only IMAP folders?
How do I fix being disconnected when I leave mutt alone for a few minutes
How do I fix having to review my server's SSL certificate every single time I connect?
Why do I get "Error sending message, child exited"?
How do I discover why mail doesn't arrive or bounces?
How do I discover why sending email is slow?
How do I configure Mutt to use a remote SMTP server to send mail?
How do I use different SMTP servers for several accounts?
How do I save retyping my password when SMTP authentication (APOP etc.) times out on me?
How do I split the screen to see index and pager / body / content all at once?
How do I use the "default" color of my terminal or the "transparent" color?
Why is "default" not recognized when mutt with ncurses [5.2] starts up?
Why Using a "default" background does not work.
Why doesn't the background highlight color show behind white space?
Why, when running in screen, transparency does not work, and there are trailing spaces filling every line when cut-and-pasting
What is the mutt color equivalent of 'grey'?
How do I have an arrow ('>') as an indicator?
How do I highlight certain email addresses in my tree?
How do I change the format/display of the list of mailboxes (or any menu)?
How do I personalize / shortcut the display of or label the folder names in the folder browser?
Why doesn't $index_format "%b" show some Maildir?
Can Mutt show the (new) message count in the folder browser?
How do I make the From-addr show normally in index-view or show To-addr for mail that I send?
Can mutt use virtual folders / mailboxes?
Why are some 'N'(ew) messages flagged 'O'(ld) when I leave them and return?
How do I easily save all attachments into the same directory?!
How do I use different mailcap entries based on whether X is running (X availability-dependent associations for MIME types)?
How do I view/ reply HTML, images, vcards and other non-plain-text attachments?
How do I view HTML attachments in a new tab in Firefox?
How do I make M$-office attachments accessible?
How do I forward a message including attachments?
How do I add my own comments to the top of the forwarded message?
How do I make mutt use a correct content-type (data-format) for attachments I send out?
How do I make mutt stop me from making me look stupid by sending mails saying "patch attached" without attachments?
Umlauts, accents, and other non-ASCII characters are displayed as '?' or '\123', fine in some mails, but hidden in others.
Umlauts, accents, and other non-ASCII characters are only displayed wrong when using auto_view
How do I check if locales work before I blame Mutt for it?
UTF-8 chars are displayed fine, but the screen is garbled
How do I fix messages still being garbled even after I tuned all the variables correctly?
Why are attached text files sent incorrectly encoded with the wrong charset.
Why is a message not printed as seen in mutt?
Why is a message not caught by spam defense when piped to it?
How do I launch a browser with text links in plain text but encoded emails?
How do I search encoded messages like quoted-printable ones?
How do I use the aliases (addressbook)?
How do I fix changed aliases that mutt still doesn't seem to know?
How do I find a no better way to manage often used addresses?
How do I make PGP/GPG work?
How do I make old style / classic / traditional / inline PGP work?
Why do other MUAs (mail-programs) have problems handling mutt's PGP-stuff being attachments?
How do I fix typing the wrong passphrase when mutt keeps using it?
Does Mutt do S/MIME?
Why can't I read my own postings when using gpg to encrypt messages?
Which key-server should I use?
How do I retrieve PGP-keys automatically?
How do I get rid of duplicate messages?
How do I change the order within a thread?
How do I sort threads based on all the messages in the thread?
Why are some messages threaded and others are not?
What do "->", "-?-" and "*>" mean in thread trees?
Why is the tree display screwed, I see garbage characters in front of the arrows?!
How do I search multiple Maildirs for strings all at once?
Which mailbox format is better, mbox or Maildir?
What is the best directory layout for Maildir folders?
How do I create sub-folders?
How do I access the sub-folders created by Kmail and Courier-IMAP?
I can see size in bytes, but not lines, is there a fix?
Why are there strange files (*mutt*~ or *mutt*.bak) when mutt finishes?
How do I configure Mutt to use mail-mode in Emacs?
How do I trim quoted replies (like stripping signatures)?
My settings are messed up after hooks are executed, why are they not restored?
Why get the commands given in hooks crippled, some are skipped?
Why does my muttrc errors for commands specified in hooks at start up?
How do I make a complex regular expression containing "(|)" and "\" in a *-hook/search work?
How do I fix my macro, after I already double quote stuff for patterns, and it still doesn't work?
What is mutt's way to provide "templates" for sending new email?
How do I make random signatures?
What am I missing when I invoke mutt in batch mode from the command-line but it goes interactive?
How do I access the development versions of Mutt?
Where do I find the change log of the differences/features between releases (stable, dev)?
My Mutt config is static, how to make it dynamic (with "if"-conditions) even without [ScriptSupport](ScriptSupport)?
What is the meaning of "mbox", "maildir", and "folder"?
How do I fix error 'Could not copy message'?
Switching folders is too slow with big folders, how do I speed it up?
How do I trigger a script on new mail?
How do I help update the mutt.org site?
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