I have my own colors defined for mutt. When I start mutt, the cursor (i.e., indicator) is on the first message (i.e., the first message on the top is selected). I have defined colors for the selected message, and I have colors defined for new messages as well:

color indicator color233 color67 
color index color75 color232 ~N

Unfortunately, The selected message looks the same, regardless whether the message is new or not. Is there a way to have a different color for selected new messages, so that I can immediately recognize that the selected message is new? Otherwise I have to move the cursor down, to see that the message is new.

I have tried the obvious solution:

color indicator color233 color67 ~N

but that does not work. Mutt complains:

Error in .muttrc, line 15: too many arguments
  • Doesn't the N next to it give it away? – jasonwryan Jun 20 '14 at 19:46
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    @jasonwryan - I find the N in front as very inconspicuous. I usually don't notice it unless I am looking for it and I have to "read" and interpret it. Whereas, a different color would instantly strike me in the eye. – Martin Vegter Jun 21 '14 at 5:10
  • @jasonwryan FWIW this is also a problem with other kinds of colouration. For example, I have a particular colour scheme for mail with attachments (~X 1-), but this is also occluded by the selection highlighting. – Sparhawk Dec 9 '15 at 4:15

You could set the indicator bar to be a cursor instead, allowing you to see your colour:

set arrow_cursor
  • could you please elaborate how that would work ? – Martin Vegter Dec 9 '15 at 12:57
  • @MartinVegter The cursor uses a > at the start of the line to indicate the currently selected email line - as opposed to highlighting the entire line. It wont obscure the highlighting of that message, allowing you to see your ~N new message highlighting. – Cam Dec 17 '15 at 22:06

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