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Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion by Joe Kissell

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Read Incoming Messages

No email-related task is more basic than reading messages that other people send you. In this chapter, I get you going with the basics and cover what I consider to be the most essential aspects of reading your email. Later on, I look at advanced topics that relate to reading messages, particularly Manage Your Mailboxes, Find Your Messages, and Automate Mail with Rules.

Check Your Email

Before you can read your email, you must download it (or a portion of it) into Mail so you can see it. By default, Mail checks your active email accounts automatically when you launch the application and every 5 minutes thereafter. You can also retrieve email manually or change the automatic checking interval:

To check mail manually, click the ...

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