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How do I remove a Gmail account in Apple Mail on a computer I am giving away? I do use IMAP and want to make sure I don't lose any of my emails on my other computer and iPad.

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If you are giving the computer away I would do more than remove the email - I would at least remove the user and delete all its data, or better reformat, reinstall the OS. – Mark Apr 19 '13 at 13:12

All you need to do is remove that account from the Mac you intend to sell and all your emails will subsequently be deleted from that Mac and no other devices will be affected. To remove the account:

  1. Open Mail Preferences (Cmd + , or Mail -> Preferences)
  2. Select "Accounts"
  3. Select the account(s) that you wish to remove, and proceed to select the minus button below the list of accounts.
  4. Accept the prompt by clicking "Remove".

Mail Preferences

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@Mark, Point taken. Thanks for the feedback. – bassplayer7 Apr 19 '13 at 13:12

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