Take Control of Apple Mail, Third Edition
Take Control of Apple Mail, Third Edition


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Take Control of Apple Mail, Third Edition

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Completed on 2015-09-29

About the Book

You can work more effectively in Apple Mail with the 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).

You’ll quickly find the essential 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 email
  • Fixing problems: receiving, sending, logging in, bad mailboxes, and more

About the Author

Joe Kissell
Joe Kissell

Joe Kissell has written numerous books about technology, including many popular Take Control ebooks, with an emphasis on Apple products. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS and a Senior Contributor to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry.

Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • Basics
    • What’s New in the Third Edition
  • Introduction
  • Apple Mail Quick Start
  • Learn What’s New in El Capitan and iOS 9 Mail
    • Mail Changes in El Capitan
    • Mail Changes in iOS 9
  • Learn about Email Protocols
    • POP
    • IMAP
    • SMTP
    • IMAP and POP Misconceptions
    • Switch from POP to IMAP
    • iCloud
    • Exchange
    • Gmail
    • Fetch, Push, and IMAP IDLE
  • Master Mail Concepts
    • Account Setup
    • Decoding the Mail Sidebar
    • Special Mailboxes
    • Hidden Interface Elements
    • Gestures
    • Full Screen Mode
    • Addressing
    • Archiving
    • Notifications
    • Data Detectors
    • Attachments
    • Handoff
  • Customize Mail
    • Sidebar
    • Toolbars
    • Message Header
    • Views
    • Favorites Bar
    • VIPs
    • Signatures
    • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Extend and Automate Mail
    • Use Third-party Plug-ins
    • Archive and Search Messages
    • Remove Duplicate Messages
    • Use AppleScript and Automator
  • Use Gmail with Mail
    • Understand How Mail Works (or Not) with Gmail
    • Set Up Mail to Use Gmail
    • Avoid Gmail Problems
  • Find Your Messages
    • Perform a Natural Language Search
    • Perform a Conventional Search
    • Search for a Phrase
    • Use Boolean Expressions
    • Search by Date Range
    • Search within the Current Message
    • Work Smarter with Smart Mailboxes
  • Take Control of Your Inbox
    • Take Responsibility
    • Consolidate Your Accounts
    • Optimize Your Mailboxes
    • Use Rules
    • Control Spam
    • Develop an Email Strategy
  • Become a Better Correspondent
    • Don’t Be Part of the Problem
    • Choose Formatting Wisely
    • Use Attachments Judiciously
    • Quote Effectively
  • Sign and Encrypt Messages
    • Learn When and Why to Sign or Encrypt Messages
    • Use S/MIME Encryption
    • Use GnuPG for Mail
    • Sign and Encrypt Messages in iOS 9
  • Fix Mail Problems
    • Fix Incoming Mail Problems
    • Fix Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Problems
    • Untangle Special Mailboxes
    • Fix Mailbox Problems
    • Fix Searching Errors
    • Solve Other Problems
  • Use Mail in iOS 9
    • iOS 9 Mail vs. OS X Mail
    • 15 Things Every iOS Mail User Should Know
    • Troubleshoot iOS Mail Problems
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print

About the Publisher

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