Using MAC OS X Mail

Viewing the Inbox
Checking for New Messages
Reading a Message
Writing and Sending a New Message
Replying to an Existing Message
Viewing a List of Sent Messages

Viewing the Inbox

  1. Launch the Mail application from the dock
  2. Select Inbox from the mailboxes list
  3. New and unread messages will be listed with dots next to them

Checking for New Messages

There are two ways to check for new messages:

  1. Choose Mailbox, select Get New Mail, then select your account

  2. Click the Get Mail icon on the top bar

Reading a Message

There are two ways to read a message:

  • Click on the message, and read it in the lower half of the window.


  • Double-click on the message to open it in its own window.

Writing and Sending a New Message

  1. Click on New Message.
  2. Fill in the following information:
    1. The recipient's E-mail address.
    2. The subject of the message.
      The body of the message.
  3. Click Send.

Replying to a Message

To reply to a message:

  1. Select the message.
  2. Click on the Reply button.
  3. Type your message.
  4. Click Send.

Viewing Sent Messages

To view a list of messages you have sent, select Sent from the mailbox's list

Enabling and Disabling Automatic Email Checking

Mail can be set to automatically check for new messages. To enable or disable this feature:

  1. Choose Mail then select Preferences
  2. Set the automatic E-mail checking.
    • To enable automatic E-mail checking, click the "Check for new mail" list and choose how often Mail should check for new message.
    • To disable automatic E-mail checking, click the "Check for new mail" list and choose Manually.
  3. Close the preferences window.
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