Forwarding Messages in Apple Mail Query

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  1. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

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    This question probably has a very simple answer, so please forgive my naivety in advance.

    If I want to forward multiple messages from one email account to another in Apple Mail (an old account to a new one), how can I select multiple messages at once, yet send them separately? (As opposed to the default where it forwards it all as one giant message.)

    I'd really rather not forward each message one at a time if I can avoid it. I have a massive inbox.
     
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    Why do you want to do this?

    I ask because I'm wondering if you're trying to work around the Mac Mail craziness of losing all messages associated with a particular account when you delete that account.

    If that's what you're trying to do, then there are solutions that don't involve mass forwarding.

    If that's not it, then sorry -- I have no advice for you.
     
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    If that's what you want to do, you can do it all with Finder.

    Quit Mail, so that you have a stable environment while you're working.

    In your library (example, disk/users/saxon48/library)

    locate /Mail

    then locate the folder for the account you no longer want. This will have Drafts, INBOX, Sent items, etc. in it.

    Copy/paste that folder somewhere else (desktop, external drive, wherever). This step isn't really necessary, but I'd do it anyway -- it gives you a complete copy outside of your library, so if you screw up you can start over.

    If you don't have a Time Machine backup, you might want to copy/paste your entire Mail folder somewhere else, just in case.

    Now go to the INBOX of the account you're going to delete and then copy/paste (or drag...your choice) the contents of Messages (the .emlx files) over to the folder to which you were going to forward them -- presumably the INBOX for the account you want to keep.

    Mail doesn't care how those .emlx files got there, so far as I've ever been able to tell. I've moved .emlx files between IMAP and POP account folders, and the reverse. It's all the same.

    You can move over whatever else you want to move at the same time -- for example, pick up files from Attachments and copy/paste or drag them to the Attachments folder in the account you're keeping.

    Delete the account using Mac Mail.

    Keep the copy you made until you're certain that you've really done what you intended to do.

    Unless I'm misunderstanding what you want to do, this would work. I've had to do it several times. There may well be a more sophisticated procedure, and someone else may post one. All this one has going for it is that it's simple and it works.
     
  6. saxon48 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    *kneels in awe*

    Thank you very much, it got all the messages I wanted separated out, and placed into the new account! You sir, I am indebted to. :apple:
     
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    Glad to have helped.

    I've never understood why Mail insists on deleting all messages associated with an account when the account is deleted. I've never programmed in the OS X environment, but I've done a lot in other environments. To me, issuing a few queries about what you'd like done with the messages, and then doing that with them, seems like a trivially simple task.

    Presumably they have some reason for deleting accounts the way they do, but I can't see what it might be.
     

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