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Easily rearrange mail accounts in Mavericks Mail.app Apps

While you can easily rearrange the order of your accounts in Mavericks' mail sidebar, when composing a message there is no easy way of rearranging the accounts as shown in the "From:" dropdown box in a new message; accounts are listed in the order in which they were added, which, in the case of using iCloud Keychain, may be vastly different than the order that you want them in.

Fortunately, there is an easy procedure to rearrange them:

  1. Open up the "Internet Accounts" system preference pane
  2. For each email account, in the order you want them to appear, uncheck and then re-check "Mail"

In this way, the accounts will be removed and readded to Mail in the order that you want them to appear.

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Easily rearrange mail accounts in Mavericks Mail.app
Authored by: rmigneron on Dec 27, '13 06:23:01AM

Doesn't work !

I have Google, Yahoo! and Zoho accounts, it always puts them in the following order : Yahoo!, Zoho, Google. When I want them in the following : Zoho, Google, Yahoo!

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Easily rearrange mail accounts in Mavericks Mail.app
Authored by: JozefD on Dec 27, '13 09:22:53AM

Doesn't work…

I've 3 mailaccounts and the sorting of the inbox seems always to be alphabetical…
This trick doesn't work here… (OS X 10.9.1 - Dutch)



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Easily rearrange mail accounts in Mavericks Mail.app
Authored by: markf21 on Dec 27, '13 02:14:06PM

Worked for me.



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Easily rearrange mail accounts in Mavericks Mail.app
Authored by: zo219 on Dec 28, '13 05:24:29PM

How I wish this worked. There has be a way ... there were inklings in Mountain Lion that it was not going to go well, Mail-wise.

And the drop-down From menu in a new mail: 3 mac/icloud have risen to the top - hey, Apple, you didn't used to be this way - and two are duplicates.



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Easily rearrange mail accounts in Mavericks Mail.app
Authored by: petersconsult on Jan 02, '14 02:51:37AM

i use spaces and z's in the account description:
for the top-most one, add a space in front of the name in the account description, to have one listed last, i use a z in front of the name:
" myfirstaccount"
"mysecondaccount"
"z another account"
"zz last account"

it's pretty lame, but it's the only solution i've found...

PS: if you don't like the 'z', you may want to use 3 spaces for the fist, 2 for the second, 1 for the third, and none for the last.. Also, with a little luck, part of the desired sort order jives with the natural alphabetical sorting of your account names.

Any any case, that is how it is sorted: alphabetical on the account name..
remember that this account name does not show up on your emails, so you can use whatever name you like, and no one will be the wiser...
(edited for further detail)

Edited on Jan 02, '14 02:58:35AM by petersconsult



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Authored by: JoeStreno on Dec 28, '13 08:26:21PM

Duh ... maybe I should read more closely before commenting. Never mind. Please delete?

Edited on Dec 28, '13 08:28:09PM by JoeStreno



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Easily rearrange mail accounts in Mavericks Mail.app
Authored by: eagle on Jan 07, '14 11:41:41AM

There is a much easier way to do this. In the OS X Mail window, simply drag the accounts (that is, the inbox mailboxes) into the order you wish them to be, then restart Mail.

Edited on Jan 07, '14 11:42:11AM by eagle



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Authored by: petersconsult on Jan 13, '14 08:35:23AM

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Edited on Jan 13, '14 08:37:10AM by petersconsult



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Easily rearrange mail accounts in Mavericks Mail.app
Authored by: eagle on Jan 13, '14 08:37:35AM

I've used this trick for a long time, and it works for me under Mavericks and Mountain Lion, and it probably works under others. Not sure why it doesn't work on your system.



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