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I’ve always used Mail’s POP3 settings to manage my Gmail account, and I’ve been able to remain a one-account guy. But the university where I work wants me to use their servers for my work email. Mail successfully synced up with the provided IMAP Account; however, I now find my main inbox doing double duty. During a busy day, it becomes difficult to separate messages at a glance. I can click on the message and check the recipient, or click on the mailbox and do the subtraction, but both of those are cumbersome. Worst of all, I also find myself occasionally replying to messages using the wrong account. Any suggestions?
We hope we’re not overlooking something in your letter, but it sounds like the problem is just that you’re only looking at the top-level inbox instead of the inboxes for each of your accounts. Click the little arrow next to the word Inbox, and you should see an inbox for each of your accounts. Each inbox has a number of unread messages by it. Then just click each one to see the messages sent to that email address.
When you have more than one email account in Mail, click these triangles to split up the Inbox, Drafts, Sent, and Trash mailboxes by account.
Mail’s Dock icon displays the total number of new messages in all your accounts (unless you’ve disabled that feature in Mail > Preferences > General), but an app called DockStar ($9.95, www.ecamm.com) can customize that, if you want to see a separate unread-messages number for each of your accounts.