don't want online gmail account to keep syncing with Mail on computer

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mary86004, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. mary86004 macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2011
    I just got a new mac mini and will soon quit using my imac that I bought around 2006 10.6.8.
    I am setting up Mail.
    Can I get it to work the way my old mail did

    The problem
    In the past my gmail would download to mail and if I deleted an email on my computer in Mail, it would delete. I have 1172 old emails online on my gmail account and I want to keep them there. Now when I deleted the messages that downloaded on my computer mail program, they reappear. It seems as if it is syncing with what is online.

    My husband's yahoo account downloads to Mail. Before I only got what was in his inbox. Sometimes people send me mail to his address, this way I have can check this on my computer. When I set up his yahoo account in Mail, all of his folders and emails downloaded. No big deal, I could delete the emails and they still remain on his online yahoo account. The problem is that it downloaded all of his folders and mail won't let me delete the folders.

    It's nice to have the new mini mac but I have to figure out what is different, especially on programs that I use a lot.

    Also I backed up my documents, music and photos and more on an external hardrive. I would like to transfer folders and the emails they contain from the old mac that are somewhere on this external drive. Does anyone know how I find them? I basically put all the files in home folder on the external drive. I didn't know if I would find them under Library or what.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Use the Apple Migration Assistant (included with every Mac) to transfer all your email settings documents, app settings.

    Apple provided directions here:

    Or you can make appointment with Apple Store Genius Bar near you, and Apple will transfer it for you.

  3. hudson1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2012
    Mary, tell me if I'm understanding this correctly. You want to keep old GMail messages on you iMac but want to delete them from your new mini?

    BTW, the mail issues you're trying to sort out have nothing to do with iMac vs mini behavior. It's strictly how each mail system works and how you accordingly set up Apple Mail's preferences. Tell us more and it can be solved.
  4. mary86004 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2011
    thank you both

    Thanks I got your emails but haven't had time to respond. Switching from one computer to another has left me with having to use both so after work I was doing what I could to get by. Both of your emails helped.

    I checked it out and what I did wrong was I set up my email as an imap where I had it as a pop before so I could keep a copy of everything on the server.

    I had free tech support for the new Mac mini so I called and they helped me with the migration assistant.

    I found out my office 2004 is no longer supported so I have been scrambling to learn how to use pages and numbers. I use those types of programs a lot and I already had these. Just never wanted to go through the learning curve on the differences but I am taking the challenge.

    I have a phone date with apple support and they are going to help me with what doesn't work on the new computer - oddly enough - can't open a pdf with adobe and can't get my printer working.

    Thanks for your tips. They worked.:)

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