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If Mail.app can't connect to your POP3-server(s) for some reason (ie you don't have an internet connection), it puts the account(s) off-line and shows this by displaying the tilde (lightning?) graphic next to the accont name in the Mailboxes drawer.

Did you know that clicking the off-line icon next to an account brings it on-line again, and likewise clicking the icon next to the In-box brings all accounts on-line again? Provided, of course, you have reestablished your connection to the 'net ...
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Put Mail.app back online with one click
Authored by: ahbe on Feb 10, '04 01:22:33PM

Just a bit curious, how is this a hint? I figured this was obvious. This site is for things you wouldn't come up with yourself with a few moments of investigative work. Do we really need filler?



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Put Mail.app back online with one click
Authored by: cynikal on Feb 10, '04 04:03:12PM

i was just going to say the same thing.. any idiot who moves his mouse over the offline button for a tool tip or out of curiosity even will see it changes color, and that's instinctive to click on it..

might as well said, "did you know that if you press down on the mouse button, it will click on what the cursor is over"..

come on people, put two and two together



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Put Mail.app back online with one click
Authored by: Dale Sorel on Feb 10, '04 04:43:26PM

Sometimes the hints here are so simple that I think I'm missing something :(



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Put Mail.app back online with one click
Authored by: isilver on Feb 10, '04 05:17:44PM

did anybody say the tips at MacOSXHints are just for you know-it-alls?



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Turn Macintosh on with one button press
Authored by: mac000 on Feb 10, '04 05:35:53PM

If your Macintosh is off for some reason (ie shutdown or loss of power supply) you can turn it back on with a simple press of a button. Visually scan your machine for a round button marked with what looks like a 1 jumping from a 0 (zero?). Extend your index finger and give this button a firm press and your machine will be up and running in no time!

Extra: If you want to turn your computer off again, press the this button while the machine is on and check out the options!



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Turn Macintosh on with one button press
Authored by: isilver on Feb 10, '04 07:56:51PM

very clever!! thanks for the joke :-)



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Turn Macintosh on with one button press
Authored by: mac000 on Feb 11, '04 12:00:33PM

that's what I'm here for ;-)



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Turn Macintosh on with one button press
Authored by: RickoKid on Feb 11, '04 10:22:52PM

If you ever have the need to vent the frustrations of your pathetic and lonely life and no-one in the real world cares to listen, you can log on to macosxhints.com and try to humilate people who are genuinely trying to help .... *snigger* *snort* it's great!

Anyway .. Mummy would be mad if she knew I was out of the playpen so I'd better go .....



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Put Mail.app back online with one click
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 10, '04 05:48:49PM

While this hint was obvious to many, the fact is that this is a relatively new GUI widget that Apple is introducing to many of the Cocoa apps they produce that have sidebar controls. For example, this particular widget in Apple Mail is analogous to the "eject" hotspot in the new Finder.

Obvious? Maybe. New enough for many to miss? Absolutely.

It turns out that some implementations of this widget have some problems, especially with window focus and when they are "active". I don't know if the Mail interface shares this problem, but there are cases where the Finder will accept a "click-through" and eject a volume when you really just wanted to bring things to the foreground.

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Put Mail.app back online with one click
Authored by: aranor on Feb 10, '04 05:48:54PM

I agree. This isn't a hint. This is something which is obvious if you ever mouse over the indicator. Anything you can discover with a tooltip or a mouse-over effect really doesn't deserve to be listed here.



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Put Mail.app back online with one click
Authored by: ubrgeek on Feb 10, '04 07:23:50PM

I seem to have luck going back online just by clicking the "Get Mail" button ...



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Put Mail.app back online with one click
Authored by: starwxrwx on Feb 10, '04 11:02:08PM

so do i!! (see my post below)

I have a feeling this has something to do with Apple's crazy new "dont include account when _automatically_ checking for mail" button in the preferences

LEAVE MANUAL CHECKING ALONE APPLE! some of us like it, and you're screwing it up.



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how about *staying* offline!
Authored by: starwxrwx on Feb 10, '04 10:57:54PM

I've got a bogus account set up in mail to have an extra drop down "from" field in my mails (i know mail supports multiple email addresses but not multiple "from" names) - anyway, it has garbage as the pop server as u can't leave this field blank. I keep this account offline and yet i *always* have a warning sign next to its "inbox" saying "unable to find server" even tho I shouldn't have ever tried to check since its offline!!!

Does anyone else keep an account offline that *stays* offline???

sending mail using this accounts "from" address in the drop down box doesnt take it "online" (it still says "take on line" in the mailbox->onlinestatus menu)



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You win some, you lose some...
Authored by: robg on Feb 11, '04 12:17:30AM

Can't go "3 for 3" at the plate every time; it is a new widget in Panther and I thought it was worth mentioning. Oh well; life is short, there will be a new batch of hints tomorrow, and that'll give you something new to pick on...

-rob.



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You win some, you lose some...
Authored by: guet on Feb 11, '04 06:14:13AM

hey, I and a few other people found it useful, so thanks for posting it.

Frankly I don't think this is particularly intuitive control (the one used to in the finder for ejecting disks at least has a symbol which hints at an action). I assumed it was an informational icon, and never have moused over it.



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You win some, you lose some...
Authored by: ibroughton on Feb 11, '04 07:49:00AM

I'm relatively new to the world of Macs after making the switch from Windows. OK, so I admit I knew about this hint, but many others may not. Working on an IT support desk, it's obvious some people don't read the manual and don't know how read a help file, but sometimes, these things just aren't in an obvious place! Long story short, I think that these tips are well worth it and deserve to be shared, no matter how trivial they may seem to you, others may find them a great time saver! The site is after all MacOSX HINTS, not MacOSX know it all experts!

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Put Mail.app back online with one click
Authored by: sjmills on Feb 11, '04 09:50:02PM

It's a hint that's worthy of posting if a lot of people don't know about the feature, like me. I've always gone up through the menu, down through the submenu, blah blah blah. I never tried clicking the lightning bolt icon because it doesn't LOOK like a clickable icon. The Finder Eject and Update iDisk icons do look like clickable icons because they are common "action" pictures. The lightning bolt isn't. To me, it looks like like it will hurt me if I click it.



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