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Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion by Joe Kissell

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Fix Mail Problems

As much as I love Mail, it does have its share of problems. Although a complete troubleshooting guide to Mail could run hundreds of pages, I’ve compiled solutions to some of the most common (and egregious) problems in the pages ahead, including difficulties receiving and sending mail, problems with damaged mailboxes, and misbehaving Spotlight searches.

Fix Incoming Mail Problems

If Mail cannot download incoming messages, the cause may be anything from an incorrect setting in Mail, to a server problem, to a loss of Internet connectivity. Work through each of the following sections until you resolve the problem.

Tip: To check on what Mail is doing behind the scenes, choose Window > Activity Viewer. A small floating window appears, ...

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