apple mail

Can I open email from an old iMac into a new client?

2009 iMac

Episode 1686

Joe from Miami, FL

Joe has a 2009 iMac with a bunch of emails on it, dating back to 2003. He wants to know how to open them in another email program, along with the contacts as well? Leo says it varies according to the email program you use. Leo says that since Apple Mail exports to MBox, you can open that format into just about any other email client. You can even open them in a text editor to see what's in it. Apple Mail will import them easily, and Thunderbird should be able to as well. Leo also recommends using SuperDuper to back them up. 

Why are my email drafts disappearing?

Email

Episode 1525

Elise from Los Osos, CA

Elise uses Apple Mail with her Gmail account and whenever she saves a draft email, it disappears. Rich thinks the culprit may be a corruption in the Apple Mail program itself. He recommends that she look in Gmail in her browser to verify is the draft emails are still there. They probably are. Then she can reset or rebuild Apple Mail. She may need to delete her email account from the app and then add it again.

What's a good email program that uses tags?

Mailtags

Episode 1427

Brian from Nashville, TN

Brian wants to know how he can use tags to stay organized on his email. Leo says that tags are great for searching and it makes it really simple to stay organized. Gmail can tag messages. Mailtags has been around for years and it works great. Leo used it a long time ago and it works in Apple Mail, which can be a challenge because Apple changes Mail with just about every version of macOS. It's also great for photos. Google Photos is great for tagging as well.

What's a good alternative to Outlook?

Gmail

Episode 1383

Carlo from Irvine, CA

Karlo has a cookie business, and when people order cookies and pay by Paypal, he has to use Outlook to get notifications. Leo says that Go Daddy's interface will support other email interfaces, regardless of what they may say. Outlook itself is a modern system and would work, but it's not the only game in town. He can also use Gmail. There's also Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, and the Apple Mail app on Mac.

How can I get my Apple Mail to download faster?

Episode 1252

David from Bimington, NY

David bought a used Mac Mini and he is trying to set up his Apple Mailbox. It's not moving the messages over fast enough, though. Leo says that David is trying to store hundreds of thousands of messages and that just takes time to download them. Why do that when he can keep them in the cloud? Also, the new Apple Mail has to reindex the mail and that takes time. This is why Leo is against this proprietary mail format. He prefers open source options like Thunderbird or with GMail.

How can I change my email "From" address in Apple Mail?

Episode 1242

Cindy from Mission Viejo, CA

Cindy has two email addresses: One for business, and one for personal. Her Apple mail program always confuses business and personal, though. Leo says that most email programs have a setting for delegation, which would allow her to delegate which email she'll want to reply from. She should go into the composing settings of Apple Mail and she'll be able to select which message address she wants to send from. She should also make sure she has outgoing mail servers for both accounts and that's in the "Accounts" section.

Why can't I see my email after updating to OS X El Capitan?

OS X El Capitan

Episode 1226

LaVerne from Bronx, NY

LaVerne updated to OS X El Capitan and now her email account has been wiped clean. Leo says that doesn't mean the email is missing. The messages are probably still on the server. It just means that since LaVerne is using Apple Mail and linked it to GMail, El Capitan probably missed a step in linking the old email. Other El Capitan users have reported similar problems.