Delete or disable mail.app?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by MrNapa, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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)
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Arizona, USA
    #2
    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.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    #3
    Unable to delete mail.app

    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.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

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    Go to the Terminal and type:
    Code:
    cd /Applications
    sudo rm -rf Mail.app
    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.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    Never OS X fault is iit

    Sigh,

    Always nothing to do with the OS - and hey - let's use terminal - very advanced. Ho hum
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    #6
    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.
     
  7. macrumors G3

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    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.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    #8
    I disabled mac mail with the method mentioned, but now I would like to activate it. How can I do this?
    Thanks
     
  9. macrumors P6

    Weaselboy

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    That does not disable it, it actually deletes the app. To get it back you will need to reinstall OS X. Just command-r boot to recovery and reinstall to get Mail app back.
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    Thank you Weaselboy. If I boot to recovery could I just reinstall the Mail app or will it reinstall the entire OS?
     
  11. macrumors P6

    Weaselboy

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    #11
    You will need to reinstall the entire OS, and as part of that it will put the Mail app back.
     
  12. macrumors 603

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    If you did Step 1 in post #2:
    1. Right-click the Mail.app file and go down to "Compress Mail". This creates a zip archive of Mail.
    then there will be a zip file named "Mail.app.zip" in the /Applications folder. Double-click it to unzip, which should restore Mail.app.

    If you didn't make a zip file, then you'll have to do as Weaselboy wrote, and restore using an OS reinstall.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys:)
     

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