How to Check Your Apple Mail

by K.C. Winslow

Apple’s Mail application is the built-in email client for Mac OS X. Mail can hold all of your email accounts in a single location, whether the email accounts are POP3, IMAP or web-based. Mail includes a number of special features, such as data detection that automatically links to a Google map when a location or business is mentioned in an email you open, according to the Apple website. Mail automatically checks for new emails when you launch the program. You can also check your Apple Mail manually or schedule automatic checking.


Click the “Get Mail” icon in the upper-left corner of the window to check for mail on all accounts.


Open the “Mailbox” menu, select “Get New Mail” and choose one of your email accounts from the list if you only want to check mail on one account.


Open the “Mail” menu and select “Preferences.” Click the “General” icon from the options at the top of the window. Set the “Check for new messages” drop-down menu to your desired interval. Press the red button in the upper-left corner of the window to exit the preferences window.

About the Author

A writer from Chicago, K.C. Winslow has been publishing articles relating to health, beauty, travel, crafts, education, Macintosh computers and technology since 2000. She holds a Master of Arts degree in writing from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she lived for several years.

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