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Two problems really:

  1. I'm using Mac Mail version 5.3 on Mac OSX. My Yahoo mailbox is continually fetching new mail i.e. the wheel by 'yahoo is continually spinning. It has been doing this for a few days. I have already tried quitting and reopening Mac mail a few times.

  2. I can see see from Window>Activity that Yahoo inbox is caching attachments. Even if I stop it, it starts again within seconds.

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In Preferences, within Mail, in the Accounts tab, for each of your accounts there is an Advanced tab. There is an option called Keep copies for offline viewing which is a drop-down box. By Choosing All messages, but omit attachments, you can set it to never cache the attachments.

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