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A fresh start
If you’re upgrading from a previous version of OS X, Mail should automatically import everything you need: all of your messages and settings will be carried across. With a new Mac or a fresh OS X installation, however, you’ll need to start from scratch. Click Mail > Accounts.
Choose your provider
System Preferences’ Internet Accounts pane will now appear. You’ve got a choice of common account types – iCloud, Gmail and so on. You can also enter details manually in Mail > Preferences > Accounts. Here, we’ll add an existing Gmail account. iCloud support works the same way.
Enter your password
In order to receive your mail, the app needs to know your email address and password. If you’re using iCloud, you’ll be asked for your Apple ID and password here. We’ve entered details of our Google account; for popular services such as this one, Mail automatically detects server settings.
Watch it arrive
If you’ve entered the correct information, you should now see your emails begin to appear in your inbox. If you have a busy email account, this could take some time. You don’t have to wait for the messages to finish downloading: you can use Mail right now.
Sort with swipes
If your Mac has a trackpad, you can quickly filter email just like you do in iOS – with swiping. Put the pointer over a message and then swipe left to trash the message, or swipe right to toggle the message’s read status. No trackpad? No problem: use ∫ and ç+ß+U for the respective actions.
Prove it’s you
iCloud, Gmail and other services offer two-factor authentication, so when somebody tries to connect an app, as we’re doing here, they need to prove they’re really you by entering a code sent to one of your registered devices. Without the correct verification code, the installation will fail.
See your labels
By default Mail shows your inbox, but if you organise your email by folders (or in Gmail’s case, labels) then clicking on the Mailboxes button at the top-left corner shows them. You can create a new folder by choosing Mailbox > New Mailbox, naming it, and selecting where you want to put it.
Anoint a VIP
Mail has a VIPs mailbox that only includes messages from your most important contacts, and it can notify you of those messages and no others. To set someone as a VIP, ≈- click on their name and choose Add to VIPs. In Mail’s General preferences, set ‘New message notifications’ to VIPs.