In apple mail, where is this 8-ball coming from?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by orijinal, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. orijinal macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2005
    Looking at an e-mail I just sent to a friend, in the same header where the:


    is, to the far right there is a picture of an 8-ball, it looks like it's one of those ichat buddy avatars. Does anyone know how to remove this? And what does it mean?

  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Does your friend have a .Mac account? They allow custom icons to be set there that will show up in Mail.
  3. colocolo macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2002
    Santiago, Chile
    I'm almost certain it's not only a .Mac feature, as I have received those icons in mails from people who use macs but don't have .mac; I believe it's some kind of modified vcard that is sent.

    I'm sorry, I forgot how to disable them, just wanted to state what I think is the cause of them appearing.
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Try unchecking Show Buddy Status in Mail's Preferences (under View). However, I thought it was just the picture in Address Book that you'd associated with that email address.

    If you deleted it from Address Book, I imagine it would go away. Select all addresses and then select Clear All Custom Images from the Card menu. :)
  5. lucface macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2005
    not a good sighn...
    if i start seeing eightballs on my computer its time for a breaaaaaak.
  6. mac-er macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    Its the icon you set up in the "Accounts" section of System Prefs. It shows up on the email you send out (I don't think other people see it, and it also shows up on your own address card in Address Book. It also shows up on the login window.

    To change it, go to System Prefs, Accounts..then click the 'Picture' tab.

    It has nothing to do with .Mac

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