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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant Apps
When setting up an email account like Gmail, 10.5's Mail Setup Assistant provided an option to do it automatically or not via a checkbox in the Setup Assistant.

That checkbox is gone in Mail 4.0 in Snow Leopard, and Mail Setup assistant creates such an account automatically. In particular, a Gmail account is always created as IMAP, with seemingly no way to create it as POP.

To bypass the automatic account creation, hold down the Option key after entering your email address and password. Then the Create button will change to Continue, and Mail will allow you to set up the account manually. I should add that I consider the elimination of the checkbox for automatic setup in favor of this method to be an awful design decision that defies logic or explanation.
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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: jcrossley on Sep 30, '09 11:48:42AM

It may defy logic, but there's always an explanation!
Thanks for the hint.



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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: ecwh73 on Oct 24, '09 05:30:17PM

Mail.app is perhaps AppleCare's biggest call driver. The majority of Mail.app calls are simply setup and configuration/misconfiguration. You have to remember Apple's target audience, how many of those are newbs and how many of them actually call into AppleCare.

It makes perfect sense. :)



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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: ljharb on Sep 30, '09 12:13:52PM

Why would you want POP? POP treats email like it's physical mail, and doesn't work well with multiple computers. IMAP offers you all the same benefits - if you keep it in offline mode and connect only when you want to download, it works just like POP.

It's not much of a tip when it's recommending an obsolete technology.



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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: V.K. on Sep 30, '09 12:44:48PM

I personally don't want POP but many people do. The fact that you don't want it doesn't mean that others don't need it. If gmail offers POP as an option, Mail should be easily configurable to accommodate that.



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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: palahala on Sep 30, '09 01:09:16PM

I'd say: if one has no need for webmail or to share mail accounts, then why use IMAP?

And sometimes POP might even be preferred over IMAP. Like because using POP saves one from all kind of trouble with Sent Items or Junk messages, and makes moving (many) messages to another folder much faster. And people might have much more disk space on their own computer than on any server. Or for some their own computer might be more secure than some shared mail server.

(And for those who consider IMAP a means to backup messages: it's not. If you somehow delete messages from the server or from the local storage, then upon the first synchronisation they're gone on the other machine as well.)



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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: jaydisc on Sep 30, '09 11:44:03PM

Regardless of the poster's use of gmail or pop, this is a good hint because it permits you to skip the wizard which forcibly tests the servers you enter. There might be situations where you might not went to test the servers and just do the data entry. This is perfect for that.



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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: paulpro on Oct 05, '09 08:41:28AM
Thanks, great tip for those of us:
  • on miserable net connections
  • setting up Gmail as POP (IMAP is miserable on satellite net, and nobody wants to keep having to "Take all accounts offline" and then put them back online every time they want to check their mail


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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: beeflin on Nov 13, '09 03:05:21AM

I personally would never want to use IMAP in Mail because Mail's way of showing IMAP mailboxes is ugly, and segregates them for no apparent reason.

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