2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2012 9:43 PM by petermac87
Timothy Arends1 Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)

In Mail, in the Mailboxes pane, there are both "junk" and "trash" mailboxes.

 

What is the difference between these? I thought they were both synonyms for the same thing.

 

In addition, I don't see a "spam" mailbox in Mail. Is that different from "junk" and "trash"?

 

This is important, because when I sign up for a forum, it will tell me I must check for a confirmation message, and if I don't see it, I must check my "spam," "junk" or "trash" folder.

 

Which folder am I supposed to check?

 

I don't see the confirmation in either "junk" or "trash," so does that mean it's in the missing "spam" folder???


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (40,975 points)

    "junk" = "spam". Most people use them as synonyms in the context of email messages.

     

    Mac's Mail.app has only the "junk" folder. Other programs or webmail may call it "spam".

     

    Mail's Trash contains messages that you deliberately discard. Mail will not move junk email to the Trash automatically, unless you configure it so.

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (6,140 points)

    Timothy Arends1 wrote:

     

    In Mail, in the Mailboxes pane, there are both "junk" and "trash" mailboxes.

     

    What is the difference between these? I thought they were both synonyms for the same thing.

     

    In addition, I don't see a "spam" mailbox in Mail. Is that different from "junk" and "trash"?

     

    This is important, because when I sign up for a forum, it will tell me I must check for a confirmation message, and if I don't see it, I must check my "spam," "junk" or "trash" folder.

     

    Which folder am I supposed to check?

     

    I don't see the confirmation in either "junk" or "trash," so does that mean it's in the missing "spam" folder???

    Junk = Spam

     

    Trash = what you have deleted

     

    Pete