My unread Mail count is rising but I can't see any messages.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jefudesu, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. jefudesu macrumors newbie

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    The desktop icon for Mail shows I have unread mail. When I open mail, new messages appear to enter my Inbox. That is, Mail Activity shows a progress bar indicating 1, 2, 3 etc of 10 new messages are being brought into my Inbox. The unread mail tally increments but I cannot see any messages at all. Any help appreciated as this is my first Mac (iMac20) after 20 years of PCs.
     
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Chances are a spam rule is shuffling them off ito either a spam folder or another folder (or worse, deleting them :-(

    Look in preferences >rules or preferences >junk mail and see if gives any clues
     
  3. jefudesu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My unread Mail count is rising but I can't see any messages.

    Many thanks Tumbleweed666. The only Rule I have relates to Apple News.
    I stumbled upon a Search in one of the menus which took me to the search box on the right hand side of my Inbox. Typing the 1st 2 characters of my email address brought up all my messages. I was able to delete most of the unread ones which decremented my unread message count but I still can't open the mailbox.

    Is it feasible to delete my mail account and recreate it? Will I lose my address book if I do?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Sounds like your Mail database is corrupted. Alas, I don't remember exactly how to fix this. Sure, deleting and recreating the account works. Note that if you do this, no contact information will be lost, as it is stored separately.
     
  5. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Is this the search box in the top right hand corner of the mail window? What mailbox does it show them in?

    Have you tried rebuilding the mailbox? Click on inbox then mailbox>rebuild?
     
  6. zickslicky macrumors newbie

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    Was a solution found for this problem? It's happening to me, with the latest version of Mail.

    Thanks,
     
  7. Tues macrumors newbie

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    I am also having this problem with one of my mailboxes.
    My unread Mail count is at 2, but when I click on the mailbox nothing shows up. If I use the search bar in the up right of MacMail and look for the offending mailbox and select Inbox, no messages show up and message "No Message Selected" shows on the screen.

    This mail box is an external configured account, but I have other accounts configured through the same email host using the same settings with out issue.

    I have tried Mailbox> Rebuild, but nothing happens.

    Any suggestions?
     
  8. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Some have reported that doing the steps in the blog post How can I rebuild Apple Mail database can help.
     

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