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Take Control of Apple Mail
Sep 29, 2015

Take Control of Apple Mail, Third Edition

Master Mail in El Capitan and iOS 9!*

You can work more effectively in Apple Mail with expert advice from Joe Kissell. You’ll learn how to make Mail serve your needs with essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting instructions, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, IMAP, or POP — or more than one — in both 10.11 El Capitan on your Mac and iOS 9 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Joe explains core concepts like special IMAP mailboxes and email archiving, reveals Mail’s hidden interface elements and gestures, and helps with common tasks like addressing and adding attachments. He also offers tips on customizing Mail, including a nifty chapter on how simple plug-ins and special automation can dramatically improve the way you use Mail. Joe also covers finding that message in the haystack with El Capitan’s new natural language search, improving the messages you send, how digital signatures and encryption work in Mail, and — perhaps most important — a strategy for avoiding email overload (the article where he introduced it won an American Business Media’s Neal Award for Best How-To Article).

* Older OS? After you download this ebook, you can follow its Ebook Extras link to download an earlier edition (look in the Blog) about Mail in Mavericks/iOS 7 or Yosemite/iOS 8.

More Info

You’ll quickly find the information that’s most important to you, including:

  • Key changes in Mail for El Capitan and iOS 9
  • What the new natural language search features mean for email
  • Getting through your email faster with gestures
  • Letting a plug-in significantly enhance how you use Mail
  • Taking Mail to the next level with AppleScript and Automator
  • The whys and hows of sending attachments
  • Using markup features to embellish, and even sign, outgoing attachments
  • Defeating spam with the Junk Mail filter — and what to do if you need more firepower
  • Understanding special mailboxes like Sent, Drafts, and Junk
  • Using notifications to stay apprised of incoming messages
  • Turning on the much-loved classic window arrangement
  • Taking charge of email organization with rules and other measures
  • 15 things everyone should know about Mail in iOS 9
  • Deciding whether you should encrypt your email, along with detailed, real-world steps for signing and encrypting messages
  • Fixing problems: receiving, sending, logging in, bad mailboxes, and more
What's New

This fully revised third edition brings the book up to date with the numerous changes in Mail running under OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9. As a result, most of the new material is referenced in the chapter Learn What’s New in El Capitan and iOS 9 Mail. In addition to topics mentioned in that chapter, this edition adds:

  • An entirely new chapter, Extend and Automate Mail, which discusses the use of plug-ins, add-ons, AppleScript, and Automator

  • A new sidebar for those setting up encryption in Mail: Using the Same Certificate on Multiple Macs

  • A sidebar called About the Activity Window, which describes the new way El Capitan shows activity


Do you have any ebooks about older versions of Apple Mail?

Yes, we’ve been doing this for a while now. You can choose from Take Control of Email with Apple Mail (covers Mail in 10.3 Panther), Take Control of Apple Mail in Tiger, Take Control of Apple Mail in Leopard, Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard, Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion, and Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion.

Older OS? After you download this ebook, you can follow its Ebook Extras link to download the first edition or second edition (look in the Blog) about Mail in Mavericks/iOS 7 or Yosemite/iOS 8.

Update Plans

February 14, 2017 - For right now, Joe is taking a break from this book so he can focus on other projects. As a result, we don’t expect to publish a Sierra version of this book. We’ll post more information here later, if it looks like there will be an update in the future.

Posted by Lauri Reinhardt

  1. Joe Kissell Takes Control of Apple Mail in iOS 9 and El Capitan

    After three editions of his Apple Mail book, Joe’s customary interview with Chuck Joiner has gone from a special to a mini-series (Emmy voters take note). In this episode, Joe describes the small but welcome changes to Apple’s venerable email app on both El Capitan and iOS 9, and explains how to take best advantage of them. If you use Mail, check out this interview posthaste: it delivers.

    Posted by Lauri Reinhardt (Permalink)

  2. Joe and Chuck Talk about Apple Mail on MacVoices

    Joe delivers his opinion on where Apple Mail succeeds and where it falls short in a first-class interview with Chuck Joiner on MacVoices. Click the link or watch it here.

    Posted by Lauri Reinhardt (Permalink)

The Author

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control ebooks. He also runs Joe On Tech and is a contributing editor of TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld.