Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion
Publisher: TidBITS / Take Control Books
Final Release Date: June 2012
Pages: 147

Are you using Apple Mail in Lion effectively? In this book, email expert Joe Kissell provides the comprehensive guidance you need. Perhaps you just want to fully understand the basics of receiving, composing, and sending email. Or maybe you want to master many advanced options - including account setup, employing multiple accounts, formatting, rules, smart mailboxes, and iCloud or Gmail integration. Either way, you'll find helpful advice and detailed steps, based on extensive real-world experience. You'll also find tips on various third-party add-ons that make Mail smarter and more enjoyable to use.

This book will teach you to:

Comprehend account options: You'll come to understand the difference between POP and IMAP, plus learn about special aspects of iCloud, Exchange, and Gmail accounts. You'll discover how to integrate all these types of accounts, and more, into your overall Mail setup, as well as learn how you can manage Gmail's labels in an IMAP environment.

Read: We know you know how to read, but you'll learn efficient ways to quickly open, read, process, and file your messages. You'll see how best to use Lion's three-pane display layout (or turn it off if you prefer), and how to follow email threads and conversations. You'll also get tips for handling incoming attachments, flagging messages, avoiding spam, and using Mail's built-in RSS feed reader.

Write and send: You'll learn different methods for quickly addressing your email, how to take control of the From, To, Cc, and Bcc lines, and how to create multiple signatures. You'll also find out about how to address a single message to a group of recipients, and how to decide whether you should use digital signatures or encryption, plus what to do when you want to send a digitally signed or encrypted message. Also, you'll find out how to format an email message--and why you might not want to, plus learn how to include URLs, add attachments, and include quoted text from other messages.

Find your stuff: You'll find advice on how to organize Mail's sidebar, Favorites bar, and your various mailboxes so you can easily locate messages using a variety of techniques--including search tokens and Boolean expressions. Joe covers simple features, such as making a new mailbox or rearranging your mailboxes, as well as advanced techniques, such as creating rules and smart mailboxes.

Use Notes: Mail has a Notes feature for leaving yourself reminders. Learn the strengths and limitations of Notes, and make it work for you.

Unravel Mail mysteries: Understand the sometimes-present Outbox, sort out the Dock unread count, learn why smart addresses can be stupid, avoid "unsafe" addresses, manage the Previous Recipients list, wrangle attachments, find your notes, and determine why certain mailboxes appear in particular categories on Mail's sidebar.

Avoid and fix problems: Get advice on how to back up your email, and find out how to restore it from a backup. Also read the dozen pages of hard-won troubleshooting advice with tips on managing a misbehaving mailbox, fixing sending problems and delays, fixing connection errors, and more.

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    Comments about oreilly Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion:

    In my opinion, Joe Kissell, the author of Taking Control of Apple Mail in Lion, has succeeded in his goal to provide clear, helpful explanations of how to perform the most important tasks in Mail.

    His organization of the material and his hyperlinks lets us learn in our own most effective way.

    Each chapter is about a topic you will want to learn, but not necessarily in order. Each one begins with a brief helpful description of what it is about with links to important key interesting items within the chapter

    Quick Start to Controlling Apple Mail contains links to the key information you need to quickly start setting up, reading, creating, and organizing email.

    The writing in Taking Control of Apple Mail in Lion is clear and conversational. You will understand what your need to know about Pop, IMAP, and iCloud Accounts. Yellow paragraphs alert you to especially interesting and important information and tips.

    I found information that I might never have discovered by myself such as how a hand appears to extract a single message from within a conversation. (Tip: To open a single message from a conversation in a separate window, move your pointer over the horizontal line dividing the message header from the message content. When the hand appears, double-click. ) Would you think to use Command-equal sign and Command-dash to zoom in and out?

    You will learn about new things in Taking Control of Apple Mail in Lion, like the Archive command which fits well with Joe Kissell's suggestion for keeping emails,. There are hyperlinks to other sources of information such as his award winning article about organizing to get email out of the inbox. You will also learn how Address Book and iCal work with Mail.

    II may never, learn all that is in Taking Control of Apple Mail in Lion, but I do have a list of improvements I will make in my email including cleaning up my recipients and editing my Composing Preferences, and I have a reference in which I can quickly find what more I need to know about Mail.

    I received this book from TidBITS as part of their Apple User Group support program.

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