Go under the hood with new (and old) features in Apple Mail in Leopard!

Take Control of
Apple Mail in Leopard

Joe Kissell

If you use Apple Mail in Leopard, this updated ebook provides the comprehensive assistance you need to use both new and updated features effectively. Among much else, you’ll learn to customize Mail, make rules, read RSS feeds, make notes and to-dos, extend Mail’s capabilities, and set up smart mailboxes.

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Are you using Apple Mail in Leopard effectively? In this book, author Joe Kissell provides comprehensive guidance, with a focus on features that were new or updated in the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard version of Mail.

Version info: This ebook covers the version of Apple Mail that comes with Leopard. Ebooks about several later versions of Mail are available; use the Search field above or look in the catalog to find them.

You’ll learn how to use and customize the Mail window, control the size and styling of incoming messages, and make rules to move messages into different mailboxes automatically. The book covers outgoing mail, showing you smart ways to address messages, send attachments, and send HTML-based messages. But, that’s not all! You’ll also find advice about setting up accounts, solving account connection problems and other bug-a-boos, handling spam, managing attachments, making backups, searching, signatures, notes and to-do items, Data Detectors, and more.

You’ll find answers to questions such as:

  • What are the most important changes in Leopard Mail?
  • How can I read my email on more than one computer?
  • How do I set up my Gmail account to work with Mail?
  • What should I do if my email won’t come in? What if it won’t send?
  • How do I use Mail as an RSS reader?
  • How can I make the text of an incoming message larger?
  • Is there a way to force Mail to display only plain text?
  • How can I automatically sort my messages into different mailboxes?
  • How do I read, save, and delete incoming attachments?
  • I made a note, but where did it go?
  • Are there third-party tools that extend Mail’s capabilities?

"I love this ebook! It’s easy to read, easy to navigate, and darned informative. I thought I knew everything about Mail but I’ve already found several tips that help me use it better."    -Katie Weller (writing about the previous edition)

Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife, his two children, and his cat.

Learn What’s New in Leopard Mail

The version of Mail included with Leopard (3.x) looks superficially much like the version that shipped with Tiger, but it has many changes. Among them are these:

  • Data Detectors: Automatically put contact and schedule info to use. See Use Data Detectors.
  • Quick Look for attachments: Open many attachments instantly. Read Deal with Incoming Attachments.
  • Junk mail filtering changes: Change when the Junk Mail filter runs. See Set Mail’s Junk Mail filter correctly.
  • RSS support: Read RSS Feeds right in Mail.
  • Forward as Attachment: Forward Messages as Attachments rather than as text.
  • Stationery: Use Mail Stationery to create template-based messages such as newsletters.
  • Rich text improvements: Read about new formatting options available in Handle Message Formatting.
  • Photo browser: Attach photos from iPhoto. Read Learn attachment basics.
  • Re-orderable sidebar: Move certain items up or down in your sidebar. See Arrange Your Mailboxes.
  • Notes and To Dos: Keep track of all your reminders in Mail. Read Keep Track of Notes and To Do Items.
  • Improved Spotlight searching: Find Your Messages more easily than before.
  • SMTP server options: Read Pick a server (just one) to learn about Mail’s new SMTP options.
  • Time Machine support: Never lose a message! Read Back Up and Restore with Time Machine.
  • Archive Mailbox command: Archive a Mailbox for long-term storage outside Mail.

Will this book help me solve my spam problem?

A three-page section in this book offers three core suggestions for zapping spam. For most readers, those suggestions should lead to a reasonably spam-free email existence. However, because some curious or overly spam-ridden readers will want more than three pages of information, Joe has, in fact, written a whole 'nother book about the topic, called Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail. You can buy it along with this one in a bundle for $15 (see the left sidebar of this Web page).

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start to Controlling Apple Mail
  • Learn What's New in Leopard Mail
  • Learn about Email Protocols
  • Set Up Your Accounts
  • Read Incoming Messages
  • Read RSS Feeds
  • Address Addressing
  • Compose and Send Messages
  • Manage Your Mailboxes
  • Keep Track of Notes and To Do Items
  • Find Your Messages
  • Synchronize Mail Data Using .Mac
  • Automate Mail with Rules
  • Fix Mail Problems
  • Back Up and Restore Your Email
  • About This Book
  • This ebook covers Mail 3, the version of Mail that Apple shipped with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. We do not plan to update this ebook again for Leopard. Ebooks about several later versions of Mail are available; use the Search field or look in the <a href=catalog>catalog</a> to find them.