# Avoiding the Inbox

I keep a relatively clutter free email inbox, but it just keeps filling up and it is difficult to ignore those messages. Turning off popups has really helped, but I need to create a new email message and prefer to avoid seeing the inbox.

Are there any apps out there (especially for the iPhone), that create a new message without going to the inbox first?

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Use a html mailto: link - give it any address and then change it when you come to the compose screen.

Previously I've tried using Stylish to simply hide the inbox from gmail - and also using priority boxes (which you can close) so that I can't see any of the contents of the boxes. What's working best for me is to simply use the built in mail client and just not let it go online to fetch new emails - I update it though the day to let it clear the outbox and it fetches new ones at the same time...

EDIT - for the iPhone - I do a suprising amount of using Siri to write an outgoing email - particularly when i'm doing things around the house. Otherwise I'm finding it best simply not to go online with an email client. I'm getting into the habit of switching off mobile data/wifi when I'm in the house anyway - so my outbox fills up but my inbox doesn't. I'm trying to train myself out of constant mail checking and the insight I had that helped was:

The things I'm are proud of, that people respect me for, that people liked and enjoy, are things that came out of me into the world, not came out of the internet and into me.

Yeah - that's right, I even went to the trouble of the whole bold/italic thing...

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This was the only thing I could think of for the iphone other than an app. –  JeffO Aug 16 '13 at 22:14
Embarrasingly I only just realised you were talking about the iPhone... let me add an edit... –  Joe Aug 17 '13 at 9:56
In Windows, a HTML file with this content <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=mailto:change@this.com"> will let you doubleclick it to open a new email window. Should work for other OS too. –  Gruber Aug 19 '13 at 11:23
+1 for Siri. I'm trying to use this feature more and this is perfect. –  JeffO Aug 21 '13 at 16:16

I recognize that Outlook under Windows isn't a hot growth area for email clients... but this trick has worked for me for years:

Create a shortcut to Outlook on your desktop, and set the shortcut target (right-click, Properties, Shortcut tab) to

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE" /c ipm.note


Change the path to wherever your Outlook really lives.

Then, also on the Shortcut tab, set a shortcut key. I use Ctrl+Shift+Alt+M, but anything that doesn't conflict with something else will work.

I also name the shortcut (on the General tab) as "New Mail message"

Once that's all done, and you log out and back in again, pressing your shortcut key will bring up a new mail message, even if you don't already have Outlook running. It will be (much) faster if Outlook is up and running in the background.

This works regardless of what program is in the foreground - as long as the window that has focus doesn't have a shortcut key that matches the one you set, you can open a new mail message from anywhere.

The same trick can work for other Outlook data types - see Outlook's help on command line parameters to figure out what the shortcut target should be.

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Looks like someone has created an iPhone/iPad app called Zero Inbox. Just bought it as a little gift for myself. This does solve the problem.

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This trick lets you send a message through Gmail without going to your inbox.

If you're logged in to Gmail you can go to the compose e-mail screen through a bookmark.

It's not an iPhone app but maybe close enough to help you out?

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I changed my bookmark for Gmail to go to a saved search for "There aren't any messages which match this search." Then, each time I hit my email bookmark, I don't see all the cruft piling up in their until I want to. That lets me compose messages or find reference material throughout the day without being distracted by incoming messages.

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