How do I delete duplicate emails in Mail?

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  1. Edney23 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    Could some one please tell me how to delete duplicate emails in Mac Mail?

    I am using Leopard 10.5.8, and Mail 3.6.

    Thank you

    Alex
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  3. Edney23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, but I have over 5000 to delete. I don't particularly want to go through them manually. Any ideas?
     
  4. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

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    I think the closest you will be able to get is creating specific search criteria so that only those duplicates show up in the result and then you can select them all and delete them. Who knows though, tweaking the search to include every single one could very well take longer than just going through them all.
     
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  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You could try this ; it appears to be updated and maintained.
     
  7. dburges macrumors newbie

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    One trick I used when facing this problem was to download and install Mozilla Thunderbird and set it up to check the same account via IMAP. This requires that you move all the messages to the server via IMAP, which can take some time (27,000 messages in my case). Then you can install a plug-in into Thunderbird that automatically locates and eliminates duplicates.

    Once everything is cleaned up you can use whatever IMAP capable program you want to manage your mail. Just make sure you use the option to sync messages between the server and client so you can access your mail offline.
     
  8. gjw4u macrumors 6502

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    OP, any idea what caused the 5000 mails to be duplicated in the first place?
     
  9. Edney23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    These are great. thank you very much.

    Caused by tech support funnily enough. Not sure what they did, they don't know how to fix macs.
     
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