Moving from Apple's mail to outlook

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by iamnotme, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. iamnotme macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2015
    SW Ontario, Canada
    It pains me to do this but the built-in mail program is crap and I have an office 365 account so I want to move to using Outlook 2016

    The question is.... Can someone tell me the file path to where the messages are actually stored en El Cap?
    I want to delete them manually because the account in question is an exchange account and when I hit delete it also deletes from the server even if the option to leave on server is selected which I want to avoid. Not sure if it matters I'm running 10.11.4 (15E39d)

  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    If you delete the Exchange account in System Preferences>Internet Accounts your mail will not be deleted from the server, as you know.

    Mail is in a hidden folder in your User Account folder. File Path: ~/Library/Mail/
  3. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    I also have an Office 365 account and using Mail. Could you elaborate as to why you think it's crap? Just curious as I have no probs with the Mail app. Does Outlook 2016 have features that Mail does not?
  4. Ishayu macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2012
    I believe deleting the mail account also cleans up cached e-mails, which is probably what you want. Either do that, or I can confirm that BrianBaughn's solution works.

    Anyway, what's so crap about it? Serious question. I use the built-in exchange support on iOS and OS X and I am currently working in a consultancy firm that's doing a collaboration with Microsoft, and they put literally EVERYTHING on Exchange and Lync and whatnot. It's almost crazy how much I rely on Exchange and Microsoft Office right now, which I don't normally do, and the built in support works fine for me. The only problem I have is that Skype for Business sucks the big one on iOS.

    Meetings work, places work, invitations work, calendar works, e-mail works, it's encrypted, it's secure. Seriously, what's the problem?

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