At the beginning of the day I thought that i would want gmail imap. Took me hours to get that together. Then i realised that i would prefer to leave it the way it has always been. So that i could always go to gmail and see my entire mail history even if i deleted off my client.
Forgive me if this is not clearly written, I am so frustrated.
I have been using Entourage for years. When I first checked out apple mail it seemed like it didn't have as many features, so i stayed with Entourage.
Now i have bought an iphone, which i haven't hardly touched. I have not set up any accounts on the iphone at all.
I decided now is the time to switch to using mac mail. (I also probably want to use mobile me.) But first i just wanted to start using mac mail.
After configuring to imap at the gmail end and at the Mail end, i realised I didn't actually want it. So i deleted the account at Mail. And went back to the gmail settings forwarding pop/imap tab-- disabled imap, saved changes. And enabled pop again for mail that arrives from now on (Because i don't want all 5000 emails I have a gmail)
I've sent myself test emails from a complete different server, they show up at gmail headquarters, but do not come through to the apple Mail.
I've tried a multitude of things....
1-signed out of mail, force quit mail
2-signed out of gmail, signed back in
3-I've checked in the library to see if i have any othe mail folders
4-I've deleted and added the account.
5- I have chosen Mail as default client.
I've seen a variety of things today including activity telling me that
(Gmail) Synchronizing with file system
Gathering children from disc for local accounts
How an i going to get the iphone coordinated with my computer and the server if i can't even move myself into Mail!!!!!!!
I do not want to permanently delete my gmail account at entourage until i know i can get my mail elsewhere. Apple mail is selected as default.
I'm not exactly sure what would happen if i did that.(permanently delete gmail account at entourage).....would it delete all the messages i have in entourage, and my folders?????Or just stop receiving from gmail.
Please help me....I have poured over hundreds of forums and googled until i can do it anymore.
All that said, approximately how many messages do you have on your GMail account? Mail.app will have to download all those messages before it starts working correctly and that can take a little while depending on the volume and connection speed.
Below is the jist of it. Thanks everyone, I hope somebody else will also be saved from the hell i experienced.
Found the fix for this issue - close Mail.app, go to ~/Library/Preferences and move the com.apple.mail.plist file to the desktop, re-open Mail.app and re-enter your accounts. Fix worked for me.
Basically it's just setting Mail.app back to new. Apparently something gets corrupted in the plist file that can't be fixed simply by removing and re-adding accounts. Instead the whole plist needs to be rebuilt from scratch, which Mail.app does when it's re-opened. Make sure to check that you haven't lost anything before deleting the old plist file (on your desktop). If everything looks ok, then go ahead and delete the old file.