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Not sure where to address this issue, though, this Apple Mail (bug?) is incredibly annoying.

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Searching for something brings the same email 100 times, +thousands of bin entries. Why this behavior? How to fix that? It simply makes impossible finding any emails.

After the last update, it became even more annoying. Now it shows "Deleted Messages" as well.

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Those aren't even actually deleted messages. They are trash of autosave process.

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have you deleted the email from the bin folder? – Graeme Hutchison Jan 15 '12 at 20:05
There are thousand versions of the same email in the bin folder every time I compose any. This looks like some buggy auto-save behavior. – Gajus Jan 15 '12 at 21:00
What type of email account is this that you have hooked Apple Mail up to? Who is the service provider (Google Gmail, AOL, Comcast, etc.)? Is it configured for POP or IMAP? Very likely it the problem results from a combination of configuration settings on both the email provider end and the Apple Mail end. If you will name the provider and the type of email account, it will help in troubleshooting. – user9290 Jan 16 '12 at 17:25
It is Google (, and it is configured over IMAP. – Gajus Jan 16 '12 at 20:05
Not any help, but I've heard a few people complain about this continuous autosave bug, specifically with Google accounts. Not sure if it's or Google's rather unique take on IMAP that's the problem, though... – scottishwildcat Feb 19 '12 at 16:44
up vote 5 down vote accepted

When you create an email saves a draft. When you type a few more letters deletes the old draft and saves a new one.

If you have "store draft messages on the server" selected (Preferences -> Accounts -> (select account) -> Mailbox behaviours) then every time you make an edit sends it to Google then deletes any old drafts. Unfortunately, Google doesn't really delete the old drafts. Instead it moves them to the Bin folder and when you search in it finds these hundreds of old drafts.

To stop this occurring on future drafts uncheck "store draft messages on the server" for all my Gmail accounts.

To clear up your old drafts log into to Gmail directly and: * Go to the All Mail folder and manually select and delete all the old drafts * Go to the Bin folder and select "Empty Bin"

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The answer that is checked was helpful but this turned out to be the answer to my problem. – Jay Oct 26 '12 at 16:15

Empty the trash and try "Mailbox -> Rebuild".

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Don't know whether that's permanent fix, but certainly makes things work better now. – Gajus Feb 19 '12 at 18:47

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