Need help configuring Mail for Gmail IMAP

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by badlydrawnboy, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    I've been using MobileMe but decided to let my account expire and switch back to Gmail. I just set up my Gmail account in Mail following these instructions.

    Essentially it involves using a [Gmail] prefix and then mapping the Gmail IMAP folders "All Mail", "Sent", "Drafts" and "Spam" to the corresponding mailboxes in I have configured to use Gmail's "All Mail" folder as Trash, because I want to retain the ability to delete messages in but still have them archived in Gmail.

    I think it's working, for the most part, but there is one thing that really bugs me. Each time a message comes into my inbox, I also see an "unread" message appear in my Trash mailbox. I suspect this is because I have configured Mail to use Gmail's All Mail folder as the Trash mailbox, as explained above. So a new message comes into my inbox AND into the Trash/All Mail folder - and shows up as "unread" in Trash, which clutters up the interface.

    If I disable All Mail using the advanced IMAP controls, that doesn't help because then I can't search my archived mail from within (this is crucial for me). I also want to retain Gmail's archiving feature, as I said above.

    Is anyone else having this issue? Is there any way around it? Do you have another, better way of setting up Gmail IMAP &
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The standard arguments for how you use the "Trash" feature of OS X/Mail/Gmail will be brought up. If you don't want to delete it, don't put it in the Trash. Why you would want to save messages you delete? Why wouldn't you just have everything go to your inbox and then drag messages you may or may not want to a local folder or something?
  3. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    I guess I just like the way Gmail works in that regard. It takes FAR less time for me to hit the delete key than it does for me to drag a message into a folder. Besides, with good search technology I don't find it necessary to store messages in separate folders.

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