Lion Mail: Check for new messages

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Check for new messages

You can manually check for new messages at any time. You can also set Mail to automatically check for you.

  • To manually check for and retrieve all new messages, click the Get Mail icon in the Mail toolbar or choose Mailbox > Get All New Mail. You can also Control-click the Mail icon in the Dock and choose Get New Mail from the pop-up menu.
  • To manually check and retrieve messages from a specific account, choose Mailbox > Get New Mail, and then choose the account name.
  • To automatically check for new messages, choose Mail > Preferences, click General, and then select a frequency from the “Check for new messages” pop-up menu. You can also select a sound to play when new messages arrive.

If you have unread messages, a red circle with the number of unread messages appears on the Mail icon in the Dock.

Last Modified: Oct 30, 2013

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