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Deleting or Editing an Email Account in Mac OS X

Last Updated: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 > Related Articles

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Learn to edit or delete an email account in Mail for Mac OS X 10.5 through 10.7.


Want to  delete or edit an email account on your Mac? Learn how using Mail for Mac Operating System (OS) X 10.5 through 10.7.

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

How do I edit or verify an email account?

Go to the Applications folder and choose Mail, or click the Mail icon from the Dock at the bottom of your screen.
From the Mail drop-down menu choose Preferences.
Click Accounts, then choose the account you want to edit or verify.

Choose Edit SMTP Server List from the pop-up menu and review or choose another server. If you need to add a server: 

  1. Click Server Settings and enter the information you received from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  2. 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 ISP for details. 

How do I 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. See the Apple support link at the start of this article for further information.


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


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


Select the account you want to remove then click the minus (-) icon. 

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 4.

Click Remove

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