From Mail Help:
Removing an account removes the account information from Mail and deletes the account’s mailboxes and messages that are saved on your computer.WARNING: Deleting a Post Office Protocol (POP) account permanently deletes its mailboxes and messages from your computer and cannot be undone. However, if you’ve been backing up files using Time Machine, you can use it to recover previous versions of deleted mailboxes.
Removing an Exchange or Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) account doesn’t permanently delete the account’s mailboxes and messages because they are stored on the mail server. To retrieve the account’s mailboxes and messages from the server, add the account again in Mail.
I was able to delete a no longer needed mail account, but when I go to compose a new email, the account name is still in the from drop down menu. I tried sending an email from that deleted account name, and it sends it from the primary email account. I would like to delete the name from the drop down menu. Any advice on how to do that?
actually the removal of account using Preferences >> select given Account >> remove button does NOT really removes the account.
And this is THE problem (business sensitive emails, credentials).
Just as "pedrosd" wrote, something is still stored (maybe even credentials).. in my case whenever i compose a new mail, a popup appears about the certificate of this my "removed" email account which needed for the address book synch !!
Is there any way to REALLY remove email account details from OSX Mail app...???? (or this IS a very bad BUG, and i have to format the whole drive, burn it and throw it to a deep sea...)
Thanks in advance!! !
Try going to MAIL > Preferences > Accounts Tab
Then where it says "Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP):" click on the drop down and you may see the deleted accounts still there. If so click on "Edit SMTP Server List..." at the bottom
Now you can select the accounts you don't want and click on the "-" button.
Fingers crossed this solves your problem.
Is there any way to REALLY remove email account details from OSX Mail app...????
Removing an account via Mail > Prefrences does not remove the folder where Mac OS X Mail stores related account data.
To remove this folder:
- Open a Finder window
- Menu: Go > Go to Folder...
- Type: ~/Library/Mail/V2
- Click the Go button
- Identify the account's folder:
- Right-click the account folder, and select Move to Trash from the pop-up menu
As always, when you're deleting folders/files, please exercise caution. If you delete something by accident, go to the Trash, and put it back.
I did not find a folder with the account I wanted to delete, but I did find a file (with find and grep) at that path which has the offending old account info:
Opened the plist file in TextEdit
Looked under "<key>EmailAliases</key>"
Deleted these lines:
Saved the file, quit TextEdit and start Mail
Same stuff just reappeared in that file.
Searched other plist files under ~/Library/Preferences/ but found no matches for the old account info.
Also tried this but got no matches:
defaults read | grep -i oldacct
Still not sure where this is stored such that it reappears in the plist file after starting Mail.
Any guesses out there?