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Change the Sent Messages mailbox name in Mail Apps
Different IMAP mail clients use different folder names to store sent messages. This has always irked me, since I sometimes use my employer's web-based interface, sometimes use Mail.app, and sometimes use Outlook, all of which use different folders to store the sent messages in. Today I'd had enough, so I decided to poke around and see what I could find. Sure enough, the "Sent Messages" folder is defined as a variable in the com.apple.mail.plist file, and even better, it's not global, but tied to the account.

You may want to quit Mail while doing this, as I'm not sure what might happen if you don't.

The ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist file is binary, so you have to use the Property List editor (installed with XCode) to open it. Once it's open, navigate to Root -> Mail Accounts. In there you will see numbers, each of which is an e-mail account within Mail. Inside each of those numbers should be a string value called SentMessagesMailboxName, which defines exactly what it says. Change it to whatever you like. I changed it to the default folder name that the web-interface uses, since that is not configurable and is handled on the server which is beyond my control.

Now, whenever I send mail, it gets saved into that folder. You could then move the contents of your "Sent Messages" folder into the current one, then delete that original empty folder, and you'd have one less place to dig through while searching for that lost message.
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Change the Sent Messages mailbox name in Mail
Authored by: tetsuotheironman on Apr 29, '05 09:10:56AM

you could also just go highlight the mailbox you want to use as 'Sent' and go under the 'Mailbox'/'Use Mailbox for Sent' (or whatever)..

a little easier way to do the same thing..



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Change the Sent Messages mailbox name in Mail
Authored by: justice on Apr 29, '05 09:11:15AM

Does this do something different than selecting the folder you want to use for Sent and then doing Mailbox->Use this mailbox for->Sent? It doesn't appear to, so I'd recommend that people use that route rather than modifying the plist file by hand. You can also specify Drafts, Trash, and Junk folders using this method.



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Change the Sent Messages mailbox name in Mail
Authored by: lullabud on Apr 29, '05 01:38:42PM

Wow, you're totally right. There I go trying to make things all complex when Apple has made them all easy. You'd think after using a Mac for two years I'd be used to it... *sigh* I'll go crawl back under my rock. :P



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Change the Sent Messages mailbox name in Mail
Authored by: shavenyak on Apr 29, '05 10:57:25AM

I second (or third) the posters above who suggest doing this through the GUI interface. Also, for completeness' sake, you can do the same thing in Outtaluck Express:

Menu: Tools->Accounts
Click the name of the mail account
Click the Properties button
Choose the IMAP tab
Make sure 'Store special folders on IMAP server' is checked
Put your sent folder's name in the box labeled 'Sent Items path'

I think you can do the same thing in Outtaluck XP and 2003... the IMAP tab doesn't have the special folders stuff in Outtaluck 2000, which is what I'm stuck with here at work.



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Dumb Question about the Suggestions from the Previous 3 replies
Authored by: dosh98 on Apr 29, '05 11:39:28AM

When I use the GUI to make Mail.app's "Sent" folder my "Sent Messages" folder from my IMAP account, them "Sent Messages" folder doesn't disappear (like it does when I assign folders to Drafts, Junk and Trash). Anybody know how to remedy this? Thanks.



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Dumb Question about the Suggestions from the Previous 3 replies
Authored by: MattHaffner on Apr 29, '05 05:45:09PM

Move everything from it to your newly designated Sent box. Then delete it.



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Dumb Question about the Suggestions from the Previous 3 replies
Authored by: Sideout on May 10, '05 02:57:22PM

I had the same issue and I had to change the preference setting for Sent mail to store it on the server instead of in a local folder. After that, my Sent Items (outlook) folder disappeared as the others had done and became my Sent folder.



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Change the Sent Messages mailbox name in Mail
Authored by: sjobeck on Dec 14, '06 05:19:02PM

I am afraid I might be missing something here ... I am also quite interested in getting the names of my five IMAP accounts straight for the sent, junk, trash, folders. I am not quite seeing where to change each of these sets of folders for each account: it appears as if there is only one "sent" folder. If I change it to be correct for one account, it will be incorrect for others. I wish I could simply see the sent folder under each account, plain, simple, basic, and then edit its name under each account appropriately. I dig on Maill.app, very nice, but unless I'm being thick here, it seems I need to pick one "sent" folder name for all five accounts. Thanks. Peace.



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