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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.

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