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Cannot delete On My Mac mailboxes

7782 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 30, 2010 5:26 PM by Fabricej RSS
beegees Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 29, 2010 8:51 AM
I have several empty mailboxes On My Mac. I right-click on them, select delete mailbox, get the warning dialog box, select delete. Mailbox still exists. How do I get rid of them?
IMAC, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Alias009 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 20, 2010 9:13 PM (in response to beegees)
    i have the same problem
    Imac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • pegmac71 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 26, 2010 5:20 AM (in response to beegees)
    I have the same issue as well.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • applearchitect Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 29, 2010 11:43 AM (in response to beegees)
    I had the same issue, I must've clicked "delete mailbox" 10 times in a row, and it didn't disappear.

    Here's how to fix it:

    Click on "mail" on the top left part of the screen. Click "preferences." The Accounts menu should come up. On the left, you'll see all the mailboxes. Click the mailbox you want to delete, and then
    click the "-" symbol on the bottom of the accounts menu. This permanently gets rid of any trace of that pesky unwanted mailbox.

    or at least it worked for me. Good luck!
    Mac Pro 8 core 3.0 ghz 5gb ram ati 1900, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    Aug 29, 2010 12:13 PM (in response to applearchitect)
    That list *_does not_* show mailboxes, it shows accounts. If you delete one of those accounts, you'll lose all the mail in all mailboxes associated with that account (unless those messages are still stored on the server), as well as no longer being able to send or receive mail using that account.

    As to the error, I'm not sure what it could be... possibly a permissions problem in the folder where Mail stores the mailboxes. "On My Mac" mailboxes should be stored in ~/Library/Mail/Mailboxes/ (where the '~' means "your home folder"). You could try quitting Mail, then moving the affected mailbox from there into the trash in the Finder. Start Mail again and the mailbox should be gone. If something goes wrong, just quit Mail and move the mailbox back from the trash to where it was. And, of course, it's always a good idea to have a good backup whenever trying something potentially destructive like this!
    17" MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Fabricej Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Aug 30, 2010 5:26 PM (in response to thomas_r.)
    In my case, some folders turned greyed when deleted. They were still in place, but in every case, a second delete action were fatal to them.
    Mac Mini early 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.4), PBG4 15inches Alu - Performa 5400/180 PPC Mac OS 8

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