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Take Control of Apple Mail in Tiger
Sep 20, 2007

Take Control of Apple Mail in Tiger

Work efficiently and avoid seemingly inexplicable problems in Apple’s Mail program with the only book available about Apple Mail in Tiger!

Best-selling author Joe Kissell spent untold hours testing to understand how Mail in works and what to do when it doesn’t act as expected. You’ll learn about the different email protocols Mail supports, the best ways to set up new accounts, how to import messages and addresses, and how to manage Mail’s parental controls.

That’s only the tip of the iceberg, as Joe next teaches you how to customize your incoming mail view for fast browsing of messages, control the styles you see in incoming messages, display slideshows of attached photos, reply to meeting invitations, find messages using Spotlight, and organize mail into smart mailboxes. Then, he turns to outgoing mail, showing you smart ways to address messages, tricks for sending attachments, how to add clickable URLs, and using Mail’s new HTML support.

Version info: This ebook is updated for Mail 2.1.1, which is bundled with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Ebooks about later versions of Mail are available; use the Search field above or look in the catalog to find them.

In addition, you’ll find seven key bits of advice about rules, five ways to improve the Previous Recipients list used for spam filtering and address completion, and six suggestions for Spotlight-enabled smart mailboxes. If you’re having trouble, Joe offers solutions to numerous problems, including what to do if you can’t send or receive mail, step-by-step instructions for fixing damaged mailboxes, and how to make Spotlight see messages it isn’t finding properly.

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • Can Mail download messages from Hotmail, MSN, Yahoo!, Gmail, and AOL?
  • How can I import messages and addresses from other email programs?
  • Why (and where!) did all of my IMAP mail suddenly disappear?
  • Is there a better or faster way to address my outgoing messages?
  • Is there a way to force Mail to display only plain text and not HTML?
  • Which folders should I copy to back up my email?
  • 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

Update Plans

We have no plans to update this particular book, but we have additional titles that cover later versions of Apple Mail.

Posted by Adam Engst

  1. Mail Tips and Musings from Joe Kissell

    Find out what Joe thinks about changes in the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard version of Apple Mail and with the topic of email generally. In MacVoices #1076, Joe joins host Chuck Joiner to chat about what’s new in the world of handling spam, how to use Google Apps to manage multiple email addresses within a single Gmail account, compromises and changes that Apple made to Mail in order to turn it into an app for an iDevice, and more.

    Joe also talks about what’s new in his Mail-related ebooks that were released in May of 2010—Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard, Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail, and Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

  2. Read Your Email on Multiple Computers

    In MacVoices #1065, Joe Kissell talks with host Chuck Joiner about two core email concepts - the POP and IMAP protocols. In particular, he explains how IMAP makes it possible to work with your email messages from more than one computer in a fluid, sensible manner. He also gives tips for switching from POP to IMAP and for using IMAP in popular email systems, including Gmail and MobileMe accounts, the Mail program on a Macintosh, the Mail app on an iPhone or iPod touch, and he discusses how the Gmail approach to storing, searching, and labeling email messages can sometimes be “hyper-weird.” Joe also talks about how spam filtering can work with IMAP accounts.

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

  3. New Features in the Snow Leopard Version of Apple Mail

    The Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard version of Apple Mail has been out for a while. Here’s a quick look at what’s changed between the 10.5 Leopard version and the Snow Leopard version:

    • Mail now natively supports Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
    • You can re-arrange items in the sidebar.
    • Performance has been improved significantly, especially when displaying the contents of mailboxes, searching, and moving messages.
    • Data detectors can now recognize flight numbers.
    • HTML message editing has been improved in several respects.

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

The Author

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