8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2012 3:12 PM by Glenn Leblanc
DC Steve Level 1 (25 points)



IM running a fully up-to-date iMac i7.  Sometimes Mail will create a draft of a message and put ut in the drafts folder

after I have sent the message.  The message is sent fine but the draft remains in the drafts folder.  How can I prevent this?





imac 27, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 (2,182 points)


    have you found a solution ??

    I have the same problem since few weeks.

    My feeling is that it happens more frequently if the message has an attachment and it is a big message.


  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Yes, this is a precaution if app unexpectedly quits or crashes, you may recover the message, at the worst losing the last words written before crash.


    You may consider it a small bug, but I find it a useful precaution, it saved me many unfinished messages when Mail crashed (very frequently in 10.7.0 and 10.7.1, sometimes in ...2, and never, finally, in ...3).

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 (2,182 points)

    I agree with you Cattus but.....

    a perfect Mail program will keep a copy of the message until the send action is completed. As soon as the send is done and the message goes into the sent folder a perfect mail program will delete its copy from the draft.

    I never had a crash of mail from Tiger to Lion, never.

    Therefore for me it is a bug.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 6 (9,325 points)

    If you wish to stop that, uncheck to store drafts on the server in Mail preferences under Mailbox Behaviors. If you do save a draft, it will only be local, but that will stop IMAP from syncing the draft and therefore having a copy left over.

    If you create a draft and want to access it later on another device, simply drag it from the local draft folder to the dragt folder under the IMAP folder in the sidebar.Then it will be accessible on other devices.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Probably yes, but I prefer this small bug  (? – am not sure whether a bug) than losing a long message in case of crash. If not so, I should re-write it from the beginning.

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 (2,182 points)

    Thanks Glenn.

    I will follow your suggestion too

  • DC Steve Level 1 (25 points)

    I too will implement Glenn's suggestion -- I hope it works.  The problem with the current situation is that if a draft is automatically created and stored in "drafts," I don't know if I sent the message.  I could check "sent messages" but it's annoying.  I don't believe that I've had Mail crash in the four years I've owned macs, so I'm not too concerned about a mid-message crash.


    Thanks for everyone's suggestions.



  • Glenn Leblanc Level 6 (9,325 points)

    Even if Mail crashes, the draft is still stored locally. It's just not on the server.