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Check for new messages and download emails in Mac Mail

Mac Mail is set by default to automatically check on the email server for new messages, at which point it will play the new mail sound and show in the dock how many new emails were downloaded (and you can change how often Apple Mail checks for new emails as well). But, regardless of your settings, it is always possible to manually check for new emails, and in more ways than one as you'll learn in this tutorial: this overrides the global counter, and the automatic check will occur {x}* minutes after your manual check (* whatever that interval may be in your case - 5 minutes, by default).

Troubleshooting: if new emails for an account are not automatically downloaded, make sure that it wasn't accidentally disabled.

Manually check for new emails

Tip: If you only want to have Mail check the server for a particular email account, and ignore the others, you can temporarily disable an email account from automatically checking for new messages. This doesn't delete the email account, only puts it "on hold".

And these methods to check the server for new emails to download in Mac Mail! All achieve the same result, and which approach you take is basically a matter of personal preference.

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Tutorial last updated on February 29, 2012
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