Tag Archives: e-mail

Fix character typing problems in OS X Mail

MailIconYosemiteXBeing your Mac’s default e-mail reader, Mail is likely the program you use to read messages on your various internet accounts (Google, Yahoo, iCloud, among other). However, for some who use Mail, after upgrading OS X you might find a problem where the text cursor behaves sporadically, and will move backward a few characters every now and then as you enter text, interrupting your ability to type continuously. In addition, you might see garbled output, either as you type or as you read messages sent to you. Continue reading

How to manually restore your Mail folder from Time Machine

MailIconYosemiteXIf you have recently lost a large number of messages in OS X Mail, then provided you have a Time Machine backup of your system, you will have three options for restoring your messages.  The first approach, since you can access Time Machine backups from within Mail, is to go to your mailbox in Mail and then invoke Time Machine and attempt to find and restore your messages from within the Mail interface; however, this is only practical for recovering a few messages, and in some cases this approach may simply not work. Continue reading

Fix Mail crashing after upgrading to Yosemite

MailIconYosemiteXAfter upgrading to OS X Yosemite, you might find Apple’s Mail application may crash or hang when you open it, preventing you from accessing any new messages. This can be exceptionally frustrating to manage, especially when it persists after restarting your system. If mail is constantly quitting after upgrading, and especially if it quits immediately when you open it, then there are several approaches you can take to fix this situation. Continue reading

What to do if Mail constantly asks for passwords

MailIconXWhen using Mail for accessing your e-mail, you might run into a problem where Mail repeatedly asks for your password, either when you are checking for new messages (such as when opening Mail for the first time), or when attempting to send messages.

This can be frustrating to deal with if it happens, but if it does there are several things you can do to fix the situation. Continue reading

Change and manage Mail’s New Mail sound

MailIconXIf you use OS X Mail, as with most e-mail clients you will hear a small new mail notification sound when you receive new messages. If you do not like the default sound that is configured for Mail, then you can change it. Not only can you change to use one of Apple’s built-in sounds, but you can use any sound bite you want.

To change the default sound, you simply go to the General section of Mail’s preferences, where you will see Continue reading

How to change the default Web browser and E-mail client in OS X

SafariIconXWhen you click a link in OS X, be it a Web link or a mailto link for sending an e-mail, OS X will open the default program that is associated for handling this type of link. In a fresh OS X installation, these will be set to Safari and Mail, but you can use any program that is capable of managing these links.

As with handling files of a particular type, OS X uses Continue reading

Tackle Gmail not loading in OS X Mail

GmailIconXGoogle’s Gmail service offers options to access your mail through an e-mail client, but if you configure Apple’s Mail client to access your account, you may run into an issue where the account does not update with new messages. While the Connection Doctor and Activity windows show no errors for accessing the Gmail servers, even though new messages show in Google’s Webmail client, they do not show up in Mail. Continue reading

Fix Outlook 2011 forgetting passwords

OutlookIconXIf you use Microsoft Outlook 2011 for OS X, after upgrading to OS X Mavericks you might find the program periodically forgetting passwords for your various accounts, and continually prompting you to enter them.

This may happen when the computer wakes from sleep, or may happen after a period of inactivity, Continue reading

Dropbox announces Mailbox for OS X

DropBoxIconXIf you are interested in e-mail client options other than Apple’s Mail, then you might be in luck. The Dropbox-owned alternative to Apple’s iOS Mail client, called Mailbox, is being expanded for not only Android systems, but also for OS X.

Mailbox started on the iPhone as an app to access Gmail accounts, and its use of gestures has made it quite an attractive product. Continue reading