Deleting mail off a server.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by art4hire, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. art4hire macrumors newbie

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    I use a mac almost exclusively and I delete messages off my mac and they seem to be deleted. I also use a PC for some apps and on occasion I will open outlook on the PC and literally I'll have thousands of emails. It seems as though the emails I delete off my mac are not being deleted off the server until I delete them from a PC. Any thoughts? I believe I checked the "Delete mail off server" option.
     
  2. theyellowdart macrumors regular

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    I'm assuming you're using Mail.app for your mail client.

    the first thing to do is to make sure it's setup to delete from the server... because odds are that's without a doubt where the issue is at.

    Mail -> Preferences -> Accounts Select your account -> Advanced. make sure the "Remove message from the server after receiving" checkbox is checked.
     
  3. baummer macrumors 6502a

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    Is your mail account configured as IMAP on one and POP on the other?
     
  4. art4hire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    RE:Deleting mail off a server.

    You know I went back and looked and it says "Remove copy from server after receiving message" It it just downloading a copy of the message and leaving the message on the server?
     
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    It should not, if you've set it to delete on the server after downloading. Note the drop-down choices. Have you selected "right away" or something else?

    Here's an undocumented trick for finding out if you've got any mail on the server: With a mailbox selected, type command-i. This brings up an account info window, which lists all of the mail residing on the mail server. If it's not being deleted, you'll see it immediately.

    Hope that helps.
     

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