The Elastic Window mail-tool provides users an overview of their mail archive, typically by mapping hierarchies of multiple organizations that users are part of onto the nested hierarchical windows. The graphical overview is flexible in that users can resize windows at any level of the hierarchy to focus on different parts of the archive in more detail. In this overview multiple levels of the archive are visible and accessible to users. It also facilitates grouping related messages and people allowing users to make effective comparisons and also reminding them of related messages, tasks, and people. Users can operate on groups of windows allowing them to restructure their archive in an efficient manner.
Messages are represented by face icons of the sender, if available, which facilitates access by visual recognition. Face icons might provide easier recall compared to textual labels.