Apple Mail -> IMAP Questions

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  1. .adam macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
    Hi Guys,

    First of all, a little background on may setup my help.

    I have an email account with which, in turn, is synchronised via IMAP with my iPhone and Apple Mail on my MacBook.

    I have two questions, one concerning Apple Mail and the other the iPhone.

    1. When I delete a message on my Mac, a folder called 'Deleted Messages' is created on the server side (I can see it on my iPhone and on the web-based email service at GMX) and all messages deleted on my Mac are stored here rather than in the 'Trash'. Is there a way to map my 'Trash' on my Mac with the 'Trash' on the server?

    2. Whenever I delete or move/file a message on my iPhone, it is copied to the relevant folder and a copy is kept in my Inbox (this copy is only visible on the web-based email, not on my desktop or iPhone client.). Any suggestions on how to correct this behaviour so a moved email is not copied but actually moved on both my iPhone and the web-based service?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    1. In Mac mail, click the "deleted messages" folder, then in the main menu select:

    mailbox -> use this mailbox for --> trash.

    That should "sync" your Mac Mail's Trash with what the server uses.

    2. With most imap systems, when you delete a message, the server simply flags it for deletion. Some mail clients show this with a line through the header in the inbox, other mail clients simply hide it, and yet others may show it by displaying it in the trash (it may not really be in the trash, it's just shown that way via the software). The message isn't actually deleted until you purge it (empty trash, etc). Some email systems let you configure the deletion behavior via options/preferences/whatever in the web gui to either flag it or really delete it right away. Not sure if this applies to your question - "moving" the message might be done in the backgroud by copying, then deleting from the inbox - which might display messages as flagged for deletion in the web gui, but I'm just guess at this.
  3. .adam thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
    Cheers, Mate.

    Will give this a go tonight and let you know how it goes.

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