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The browse command is like a bulletin board reader. It shows the header of each message and lets you choose whether to read it or go on to the next item. It has several one-letter commands that correspond to general MM commands.

MM>browse 73:190

     73) Joe Brennan            Meeting on Sept 21
--378 chars;  More?--[space]

 Message 73 (378 chars)
Return-Path: <jb51>
Received: by (5.59/FCB)
        id AA01344; Monday, 7 Sep 92 10:50:29 EDT
Date: Monday, 7 Sep 92 10:50:28 EDT
From: Joe Brennan <>
To: fb2
Cc: mm33, hk12
Subject: Meeting on Sept 21
Message-Id: <>

Let's meet on Sept 21 at 2:00 to go over plans for this semester.


---Hit any key to continue---


To see the browse commands, type a question mark at the prompt More?--.

      73) Joe Brennan            Meeting on Sept 21
--378 chars;  More?--?
 ' ' -- see the next message
 'n' -- go to next message
 'p' -- go to previous message
 'q' -- quit browsing
 's' -- switch direction of browsing
 '?' -- print this out
'^L' -- redisplay the header
'^J' -- see the message
 'c' -- copy to a file
 'r' -- reply to the message
 'd' -- delete this message
 'f' -- flag this message
 'k' -- add a keyword to this message
---Hit any key to continue---

To see the message itself, press the space bar. Type n or p to see the next or previous messages. The expressions ^L and ^J refer to control-l and control-j.

The last few commands correspond to the commands copy, reply, delete, flag and keyword.


The browse command clears the screen each time it shows a message header or a message. You may want to reduce this activity if you have a slow terminal or are trying to print from screen.

There are two variables for the browse command, browse-clear-screen and browse-pause, both normally set to yes. They affect only the screen-clearing before a message header is displayed (not the screen-clearing before the message itself). Setting browse-clear-screen to no makes the message header for the next message appear right under the previous message, without clearing the screen. Setting browse-pause to no eliminates the message Hit any key to continue and the pause at that point; if you set it to no, you must also set browse-clear-screen to no, or you will be unable to see the last screen of each message.

The screen-clearing before each message is set by the variable clear-screen, normally set to yes, which affects screen display in several MM functions, including the read command and the screen-clearing when MM starts up.

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