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Deleting or Editing an Email Account in Mac OS X

Last Updated: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 > Related Articles

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Summary

Learn to edit or delete an email account in Mail for Mac OS X 10.11.

Solution

Want to delete or edit an email account on your Mac? Learn how using Mail for Mac OS X 10.11.
 

Cox does not support all email clients. The following information is for reference only. For specific information on using Mail for Mac OS X, visit Apple.com/support/mail.

Edit or Verify an Email Account

Complete the following steps to edit or verify an email account.

1

Go to the Applications folder and choose Mail, or click the Mail icon from the Dock at the bottom of your screen.

2

From the Mail drop-down menu, choose Preferences.

3

Click Accounts, then choose the account you want to edit or verify.

4
  1. On the Advanced tab, if checked, uncheck “Automatically detect and maintain.” 
  2. Close preferences and then save changes. 
  3. Go back into Account Preferences. 
  4. Next to Incoming Mail Server, User Name, and Password,  enter the information you received from your Internet Service Provider (ISP). 
  5. Click Save and close preferences.

 

5

Next to Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP), choose Edit SMTP Server List from the pop-up menu. Review or choose another server. If you need to add a server, follow these steps.

  1. Click Server Name and enter the information you received from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  2. Click OK to save your changes.
  3. Test your changes by attempting to send yourself an email message.

If making changes you will need the new server settings for the SMTP and the POP servers. For Cox.net settings, see Email Server Names. For email other than Cox, contact the Internet Service Provider (ISP) for details.

Delete an Email Account

Complete the following steps to delete an email account.
 

Be sure to copy your mailboxes, messages, notes or other items to an In My Mac mailbox before deleting an account.

1

Go to the Applications folder and choose Mail, or click the Mail icon from the Dock at the bottom of your screen.

3

From the Mail menu, choose Preferences, then click Accounts.

4
Select the account you want to remove, then click the Remove (-) icon.

Result: The following alert displays: The account's setup information, mailboxes, messages, notes and to do's will be deleted permanently from your computer. If you still want to continue, go to Step 5.
5

Click Remove.


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