Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Final Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 146

Use Apple Mail in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion more effectively with real-world advice from Joe Kissell! Perhaps you want to understand the basics of receiving, composing, and sending email--Joe has you covered. Or maybe you're more interested in learning about Mail's many advanced options, including account setup, employing multiple accounts, formatting, rules, smart mailboxes, and iCloud or Gmail integration. Either way, everyone will be interested Joe's explanation of the new-in-Mountain-Lion VIP feature and how to control which messages become notifications. Plus, Joe has laced the ebook with tips on third-party add-ons that make Mail smarter and more enjoyable to use. Put simply, it's by far the most comprehensive resource about Apple Mail available.

Join Joe as you become confident with how to:

Comprehend account options: Understand the difference between POP and IMAP, plus learn about special aspects of iCloud, Exchange, and Gmail accounts. 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: Learn efficient ways to quickly open, read, process, and file your messages. Build your know-how of Mountain Lion's new VIP options for identifying important messages and take control of which messages appear as notifications. See how best to use three-pane view (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: Discover different methods for quickly addressing your email; how to handle the From, To, Cc, and Bcc lines; and how to create multiple signatures. Find out 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. And, get advice about formatting an email message--and why you might not want to, plus learn how to include URLs, attachments, and quoted text from other messages.

Find your stuff: Keep Mail organized with advice on how to arrange 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 and rearranging your mailboxes, as well as advanced techniques, such as creating rules and smart mailboxes.

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, 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, resolving connection errors, and more.

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    Comments about oreilly Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion:

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

    Joe Kissell's organization of the material in Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion and his hyperlinks you learn in tour 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 Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain 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 Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain 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.

    You will also get Ebook Extras such as downloading different Ebook formats, reading postings to the ebooks blog, and download new versions of the ebook for free or buy subsequent editions at a discount. If you bought Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion, you could use its Ebook Extras to buy Take Control of Apple Mail at a considerable discount.

    I may never learn all that is in Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain 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.

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