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.

  • have you deleted the email from the bin folder? Jan 15, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 17:25
  • It is Google (google.com/a), and it is configured over IMAP.
    – Gajus
    Jan 16, 2012 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 Mail.app or Google's rather unique take on IMAP that's the problem, though...
    – calum_b
    Feb 19, 2012 at 16:44

2 Answers 2


When you create an email Mail.app saves a draft. When you type a few more letters Mail.app 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 Mail.app 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 Mail.app 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"

  • The answer that is checked was helpful but this turned out to be the answer to my problem.
    – Jay
    Oct 26, 2012 at 16:15

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

  • Don't know whether that's permanent fix, but certainly makes things work better now.
    – Gajus
    Feb 19, 2012 at 18:47

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