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MrNapa
Jun 6, 2013, 05:40 PM
Mail.app opens on its own even though it is not the default email program and I do not "open" or "click" on it. I also--I don't think--have any accounts configured. When it opens all I see is the "Welcome to Mail" page.



Major annoyance. :confused:


Does anyone have recommendations or suggestions on how to prevent mail.app from opening?



Much thanks,



Me



My system:



MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)

Processor 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7

Memory 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 512 MB

Serial Number C02J77DJDTY4

Software OS X 10.8.4 (12E55)



desertman
Jun 6, 2013, 05:49 PM
1. Right-click the Mail.app file and go down to "Compress Mail". This creates a zip archive of Mail.

2. Delete the original Mail.app file.

Now Mail is completely disabled but can be brought back anytime by simply unzipping the archive file.

Please note that you will probably get a new Mail.app file when you let Software Update update your system. If this happens you should delete the old Mail.zip file, create a new one with the new Mail.app file and delete the Mail.app file again.

wmike1503
Aug 21, 2013, 04:31 AM
Unfortunately this doesn't work - I am informed that the mail app cannot be deleted because it is needed by the OS.

Yet another example of Apple rubbish. Ho hum.

benwiggy
Aug 21, 2013, 10:03 AM
Unfortunately this doesn't work - I am informed that the mail app cannot be deleted because it is needed by the OS.
Go to the Terminal and type:
cd /Applications
sudo rm -rf Mail.app

Yet another example of Apple rubbish. Ho hum.
Sigh. It's very easy to set the default mail client. There are two ways offered here.
http://www.wikihow.com/Change-the-Default-Email-Client-on-Mac-OS-X
If that doesn't work, then you may have some other problem. Computers of all persuasions develop problems which don't in themselves constitute examples of rubbish.
If Mail is launching from iPhoto, not that there is a preference in iPhoto for the email client used to send photos.

wmike1503
Aug 21, 2013, 10:23 AM
Sigh,

Always nothing to do with the OS - and hey - let's use terminal - very advanced. Ho hum

benwiggy
Aug 21, 2013, 10:32 AM
Sigh,
Always nothing to do with the OS - and hey - let's use terminal - very advanced. Ho hum
I hope my answer solves your problem with Mail. If it doesn't, check back here with more information and we'll be happy to help.

Bear
Aug 22, 2013, 08:36 AM
Mail.app opens on its own even though it is not the default email program and I do not "open" or "click" on it. I also--I don't think--have any accounts configured.
...Is it set to open at login? If so, disable that. Also, make sure you have actually quit Mail and not just closed its windows.