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Deleting Mail

444 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 3:06 PM by linda25 RSS
bbones Calculating status...
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Oct 12, 2012 6:07 AM

How can I delete mail in Mountain Lion without it opening first?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 6:33 AM (in response to bbones)

    Select it and hit delete.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,980 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 6:36 AM (in response to bbones)

    The only way to do that is to close the preview pane, which is not possible in the new "look" Mail got in Lion. You could set Mail to "classic layout" mode (in the Viewing pane of Mail's preferences) and then drag the divider line at the top of the preview pane all the way down.


    However, note that there's no reason not to open a message. If you are afraid of being infected with malware or something similar by viewing a message, note that that is not possible. It's perfectly safe to view any message, as long as you don't open any attachments.

  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,425 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 12:28 PM (in response to thomas_r.)

    Sure it's possible to close the Preview pane. I leave mine closed all the time. You just drag the separator horizontally

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,980 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 2:40 PM (in response to Jeffrey Jones2)

    You're right... I tested it before I posted, but must not have dragged it far enough. It looks like it "catches" at a certain point and won't close the preview pane all the way unless you keep going.


    In any case, though, that doesn't change the fact that it's not harmful to open a message.

  • linda25 Calculating status...
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    Oct 12, 2012 5:41 PM (in response to bbones)

    Thanks for all the responses! I think I didn't give you enough information. I signed up for serveral communities forums to recieve email. For a while I wasn't getting too many emails. So I went back and changed all the "recieve email notifications" It must be the other way, " Stop sending email notifications". Anyway I now have over 6000 emails in  my inbox!  To delete emails I hold down control/option and click a whole line of them so I don't have to read them, but I still have to do it one by one! Then I push delete and start over with another 7 or so emails. I can't even scroll fast to select alot more. I tried select all and that didn't work either. At this point I think I am going to get rid of my mailbox and start over.   Thanks.



  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,980 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 8:15 PM (in response to linda25)

    No need to delete the whole mailbox... Just select the first message, then shift-click the last one, and press delete. Or, if there are other messages mixed in with them, do a search for the sender of those messages, then delete all the matched messages (Edit -> Select All and then delete).

  • linda25 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 3:06 PM (in response to thomas_r.)

    Thanks, I did get it fixed with an apple tech, starting the way you suggested. Somehow we got to select all and copy- delete all. But I lost a lot of good stuff too.  I can't use my mail box again because It is too full or something. I can't recieve or send.


    I did have 4 different mail boxes with  differnt accounts besides my acct.  I am going to delete some of them next. I do like gmail.  Thanks




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