How can I get the Mail App to run in the background at startup?

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  1. Pepper Pot macrumors member

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    i know I can choose to open at startup but I don't want it to do that because I find it annoying lol..

    is there a way to just make it run in the background at startup because emails don't come through until I actually run it and close it.

    thanks.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Sorry, but in order to get new e-mails you have to have the Mail client open.
     
  3. Pepper Pot thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't, If I run the Mail client and then close it again it stays running in the background (not open), but I was wondering if there was a way to make it run automatically at startup in the background instead of having to run it and close it again because sometimes I forget to do this and I miss emails.

    thanks.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    This isn't really the correct way to think about it. All you did was open Mail and then close the viewing window. It's still open.

    There's no way I've ever come across to open a program without opening its window on startup.
     
  5. emiljan macrumors 6502

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    You can also add Mail to start up on log in. Then set it to hide so when it opens, the Mail window will not open automatically until you click on the icon.

    This way mail will open when you log in and you get all of your messages without it bothering you.

    Here is a pic of what mine is set to:

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  6. Pepper Pot thread starter macrumors member

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    thankyouuu that is exactly what I was looking for:D
     
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  8. Pepper Pot thread starter macrumors member

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    which in other words is "running... in the background" like I said.
    it is not open, otherwise I would be able to see it.
     
  9. spinnerlys Guest

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    It's not running in the background, the main window is just hidden, something you can do with CMD+H on almost every Mac OS X application.

    It's nice to see, that the Hide Mail at Startup feature has been solved, as I remember from my AI days, it was not working correctly.
     
  10. brijazz macrumors 6502

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    There's a difference between running "in the background" and just being hidden. An example of something running in the background would be "iTunes Helper" or "Apple Mobile Device Helper" (or any one of the many UI-less processes that you can see by opening Activity Monitor). Hidden just means the application's window isn't immediately visible. That's what you've achieved by selecting the checkbox in the login items pane.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Haha. That's an interesting mentality.
     
  12. brijazz macrumors 6502

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    Agreed. I guess this means that if I don't open my bills, they don't really need to be paid? :rolleyes:
     
  13. Pepper Pot thread starter macrumors member

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    Lmao I love how you are all getting bothered about a little thing like this:)
     
  14. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Nobody's particularly bothered that your perception of things is significantly skewed, your point of view is just... amusing.
     
  15. brijazz macrumors 6502

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    We're actually all just trying to help you understand the difference between "hidden" and "backgrounded". Did you not get your problem solved?? You indicated that you did, so that should be the end of the matter. If you don't like the level of community-based service that you're getting at macrumors.com, or the type of people that participate, there are a number of other support forums available to you.
     
  16. Pepper Pot thread starter macrumors member

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    Well of course I understand the difference I'm not stupid, it's just that I don't like people just posting to pick at my wording in my original post, and it was worth a shot arguing my point.
    I also don't like people sarcasticly replying, there's no need.

    Yes I got my answer, and I said thankyou to them.

    PS- the poster who solved my question knew exactly what I meant, without being picky and point proving.
     
  17. brijazz macrumors 6502

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    I'm not trying to fan the flames here, but you previously stated:

    This statement shows a fundamental lack of understanding of the concepts of backgrounded vs. hidden, and forum members are just trying to clarify things before you. We are a helpful bunch who want you to understand the difference. Besides, if you're such a bloody expert, you'd know about the "hide" checkbox in the login items pane, it's Mac 102. Anyways, I'm done here.
     
  18. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Clearly you don't understand the difference, and while it doesn't particularly make a huge difference in this case, there are numerous cases when this would be a critical point. Proper terminology is usually a requirement to asking a technical question in order to get a quick resolution.

    And in the larger picture, you are not the only person who will read this thread. Perhaps someone in the future will find it enlightening that their definition of "in the background" differs from the correct definition.

    Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; give a man a fishing pole and feed him for life.
     
  19. Pepper Pot thread starter macrumors member

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    Forum members really love to argue don't they:)
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Actually, I see several members trying to clarify information, so readers of this thread won't be mislead by misinformation. I only see one poster who's arguing. :rolleyes:
     
  21. Pepper Pot thread starter macrumors member

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    Okokok I completely understand where you're coming from, lets just leave it there now please then.

    I just don't like being proved wrong:( but I have been lol
    so lets just leave it there.
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Nothing bad about being proven wrong. That just means you learned something. Happens to all of us. The healthy response is, "Thanks! Ya learn something new every day!"
     
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    Light a man on fire and you'll keep him warm for the rest of his life.
     
  24. lawlist macrumors member

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    Any solution to run Mail.app in the background?

    Any solution to run Mail.app in the background (instead of just hidden) so that I can get new mail notifications with growl. I installed the growl mail plugin and would love to see just the growl notifications and have mail behave like it is closed so when I do the alt+tab thing, I don't see Mail.app.
     
  25. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, Mail won't get new mail unless the app is running. There's no way to change that.
     

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