Apple Mail, the email client application provided with OS X

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How can I use Gmail as the default mail client app in Mac OS X?

I use Gmail as my e-mail client, but when I click on a "mailto:" link, the Mail.app is opened. Is there a way to avoid the Mail.app opening in this case? Can I open Gmail instead?
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How can I send a mail message later?

Back in the day, I remember having an e-mail program (perhaps it was Eudora?) that could schedule the sending of mail, so when composing a message, you could set some preference for when it would be ...
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How do I delete a previous recipient's email address from Mail?

I am trying to delete a friend's old email address so it doesn't automatically pop up when I enter his name while addressing an email. I have removed it manually from the address book, but it still ...
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Apple Mail opening mail in new window when clicking notification

When clicking the notification from Apple's Mail client it opens the mail in a new window, instead of showing the mail window (Which is in its own separate space) like it has done previously. Does ...
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Is there a good Hotmail client for Mac OS X?

I have had an Hotmail account since 1997 (i.e. don't ask me to switch - have hundreds of filters and folders and thousands of contacts) and I recently switched to a Mac and I am looking for a Mac ...
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How to change the default Mail account in Mountain Lion?

I have 2 mail accounts configured. When composing a new message, it will default to the account for the currently selected mailbox, which is fine. However, when no particular mailbox is selected (when ...
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No email notifications when Mail.app isn't running?

On Mountain Lion, I don't get email notifications in Notification Center when Mail.app isn't running. This is not the expected behaviour (it is inconsistent with the Mail.app behaviour on iOS) and ...
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How to retrieve windows that have moved 'off-screen'

I have this problem sometimes with my dual-screen setup, especially when I'm juggling lots of things around. Occasionally I seem to be able to move a window entirely off-screen (I'm not quite sure ...
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How can I get a me.com e-mail address?

Was this a service only offered with Apple's Mobile Me? Is there anyway I can still get an e-mail address ending in @me.com?
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Insert code blocks in the body of emails

I'm a developer, and I'd like to be able to distinguish blocks of code from regular text, when I write emails. Basically I wanna be able to do this. In the Mail app, (or Sparrow!). Is there a way ...
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Mail signature changes font size when sent to Gmail

I have created a signature in Mac mail. However, every time I send an email to a gmail account it enlarges the font size. Has anybody else come across this? Is there a workaround?
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How do I stop iCal from launching Mail.app?

I do not use Mail.app, instead using Postbox 2 for all my email needs. I do use iCal for my calendaring, syncing it with my Google Apps accounts. Whenever iCal wants to send a reminder, it tries to ...
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How can I re-map Mail's “Sent Messages” folder to an IMAP server's “Sent Mail” folder?

I use Mail to connect to a traditional IMAP server (non-Gmail). I've noticed that all the messages I send are placed in Mail's "Sent" folder and that Mail is translating this folder to a server folder ...
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Mail.app - keyboard shortcuts to move mail and jump to folder

I'm coming to Mail.app with a background using both Outlook (on the PC) and GMail. In every mail client I've used, there are easy keyboard shortcuts to do these: jump to any folder I want, just by ...
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Mail.app extension to avoid sending email from the wrong account?

I have recently starting using Mail.app with two email accounts (work and home). Every now and then I send email while having the wrong folder selected, and the default "from" account will be not ...
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How do I prevent Lion Mail from marking a message as read after deleting/archiving another message?

This is driving me nuts. I go through my mail in reverse chronological order. This means I look at the newest mails first and then go back from there. So this scenario happens dozens of times a day: ...
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How can Apple Mail be configured to mimic Gmail's “Archiving” behaviour for a generic IMAP account?

It is straightforward to configure a Gmail account being accessed through Apple Mail to Archive messages when you "delete" them from the mail client. With generic IMAP accounts, however, the only ...
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In Mail.app, how can I set a recipient's default email address?

When typing a recipient's name in the "To:" field, Mail.app will bring up an autocomplete menu showing all email addresses for that recipient (e.g., Home and Work). If I don't pay attention and just ...
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Why does my Exchange account work on my iPhone, but not Mail.app?

I can set up my work Exchange account just fine on my iPhone, but I can't get it to work on Mail.app under Snow Leopard. I have read some forums and understand that mobile devices use ActiveSync in ...
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How do I limit caching in Mail for Mavericks?

I have a really low capacity MacBook Air. Earlier this year, I discovered I could keep it usable without a bunch of "running low on disk space" warnings by limiting the caching performed by Safari and ...
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Mail.app extremely slow on OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Since I updated to Mavericks two days ago on my late 2008 13-inch MacBook (first unibody aluminium), I have huge difficulties using Mail. When Mail is running, everything slows down extremely (I ...
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How to hide the Flagged folder in Mail.app (Mountain Lion)?

Since upgrading to Mountain Lion, my Mail.app has sprouted a Flagged folder for each of my Gmail/Google Apps accounts. I have no use for this and would like to disable or hide it - how can I do ...
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Is there any way to automatically set outgoing email address based on recipient's email or domain in mail.app?

I'd like mail to be automatically be sent from an account based on domain the domain of the recipient. Details: I've set up multiple email accounts in mail.app, both personal and work. I find ...
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What's your strategy for archiving emails in Mail.app? Do you archive your Sent & Trashed emails too?

I'm using Mail.app + IMAP email accounts for my email. I want to be able to archive all my email and make them searchable. Currently I copy the previous month's email from my IMAP folders to local ...
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Mail.app in Mavericks moves Gmail mails to Trash instead of Archiving them

In OS X before Mavericks, Mail.app with a Gmail account would remove messages only from the inbox when deleting them, but leave them in the All Mail folder; essentially archiving them. In Mavericks ...
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Is it safe to remove ~/Library/Mail folders

I just traded in Mail.app for Sparrow and want to clear up some space on my hard drive. Is it safe to remove the ~/Library/Mail/V2/IMAP-[mailbox] folders for any mail accounts that I have removed from ...
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How do I revert the default mail client back to Mail from GMail?

I downloaded Google Chrome and it automatically changed my default mail reader from Mail to GMail in Chrome. I went to the preferences section of Mail and didn't see an option to make Mail the default ...
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Mail app 7.0: what does “Check for new messages” “Automatically” actually do?

After upgrading to Mavericks, I see that the Mail app has been upgraded to version 7.0, and that the setting for "Check for new messages" has been changed from my previous setting (every minute) to a ...
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Mac Mail forgets my email password every few days. How to fix it?

I'm running Mac OS 10.8.1 and have a (personal) Gmail and a (work) Google mail account setup inside Mail client. Every few days (weekly?) Mail seems to forget my personal gmail password and I have to ...
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Prevent email signature from being inserted when replying

Is there a way to prevent Mail.app on OS X from auto inserting your email signature when replying to a message?
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What does Synchronize mean in Mail.app?

In Mail.app, what does Synchronize actually do? How is it different than "Get New Mail?"
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How to set a default font for outgoing messages in Mail on Lion

Mail in OS X 10.7 (Lion) doesn't allow me to set a default font for outgoing messages, and it's finicky when I change it in the message. When I show the font bar (by clicking the A button at the top ...
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How do I stop marking mail as read caused by looking at the preview pane?

I use Mountain Lion. How do I prevent Mail.app (6.0) from marking a message as read automatically, just because I have looked at it in the preview pane?
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How can I re-build Mail.app's search index?

Since upgrading to Lion, my search in Mail has gotten drastically less helpful. Since I have read many reviews about what an improvement Mail 5.0's search is, I can only assume that my search index ...
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Can I change “delete” to “archive” in the message control bezel in Mail.app?

The version of Mail.app that comes with Mavericks has this cool message control bezel (below, in the orange box) under the email header in every message allowing you to delete, reply, reply-all, or ...
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Mute in OS X Mail

Gmail offers a feature called “mute” that silently archives future email that arrives in a thread. It makes reply-all threads way nicer to work with. Is there an add-on or something that enables this ...
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Gmail SMTP server going offline

I have a Google Apps account, with 2-step verification, set up in Apple mail. Typically it works great for several weeks, or a month, but then the SMTP server has (Offline) next to it, and it will ...
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In Mail.app 6.0, is there a way to drag-select parts of message bodies? [closed]

In Mail.app 6.0 with 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has chosen to make it impossible to drag-select text in a message that has been sent or received. In previous versions, you could do as you can with ...
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Is there a full-featured Mac email app that natively implements labels (instead of folders) and archiving?

I love Gmail's features, but I'm increasingly wary of having my entire email history depend on Google. Every Mac email app I know of, other than Sparrow, insists on being based around IMAP folders. ...
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The server returned the error: The server “imap.gmail.com” cannot be contacted on port 993

My Mac Mail has just started going on the fritz. I have a gmail account linked to mail and also a hotmail account. Both have warning signs and I cannot send or receive mail. They were both fine ...
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How can I send a mail message later? On Mountain Lion

I want to compose a message, but rather than clicking "Send", I want to schedule a future delivery date and have the mail sent then without my taking action as long as the computer is still running. ...
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Is it possible to attach a file to an email from the command line?

I am often using the terminal, and I'd like to be able type a command that will attach a selected file to an email in mail.app. :~ mailme myfile Any idea on how to do that?
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Include Images with Reply in Mail?

In Mail (connected to my work Exchange server, if that matters), when I forward an email which contains inline images they are preserved. However, if I reply to the email then they are not preserved. ...
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How can I back up a complete IMAP account?

I have a huge IMAP email account that contains a lot of subfolders and a lot of messages (dating back to 2005). Is there a simple way to back up these folders and messages so I can delete them from ...
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Why can't I delete messages from my IMAP account on my iPhone 4?

I have an iPhone 4 and have set up mail with an IMAP account. When I delete a message a popup says Unable to move message - The message could not be moved to the trash folder. How can I fix this?
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Mail on OS X: Choose which X.509 certificate to use for signing mails

I've got multiple X.509 certificates from different CA's for different purposes -- for example, one from CAcert.org, and another one from my university. Both have different advantages and ...
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How to delete bad entries in Mail's helpful drop-down lists?

When I send an email, I type two or three letters and select the recipient's full name in the list that pops up. A great feature. But one day I mistyped an email address and now have several junk ...
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Is there an app that lets me send email only?

I'm looking for an app that will let me send email only. Often in the course of my work I need to just fire off a quick email but don't want to get stuck firing up my mail client and reading new ...
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OS X Mail.app: Old mail not downloading/showing after reconfiguring exchange account

Context: Mail.app in OS X 10.7.5, connecting to MS Exchange Server 2007. For whatever reason, my company has two domains where I can access the Exchange server. I was using one of them, but for some ...
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How do I turn off new mail notifications in Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I'm receiving new email notifications. I previously turned these off in the Mail application. How do I turn them off now?