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How to use "postage stamp" in the dock?


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Can anyone tell me how to use the postage stamp icon in the dock? I saw someone use it to get his AOL mail but can't figure out how to do it. When I click on the icon a question mark appears in the icon and nothing happens.
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The postage stamp is Mail - have a squizz here SCO0061 - OSX Mail | For Switchers, OSX, Mail | ScreenCastsOnline
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Looks like that might be what I'm looking for if you didn't have to be a member.
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Apple - Support - Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard Mail

If you're getting a ? on the icon, sounds like you've either moved or deleted the Mail.app.

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bobtomay,
I just found that tutorial. When I click on the icon all it get is the "?" . I must have moved or deleted it but don't know how. I reinstalled the app disk that came with the computer but still didn't get it back. Any other ideas?
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If Mail is not one of the apps listed that you can install individually from the disk, you'll need Pacifist to extract the single app from the install pkg without re-installing the OS.

edit: try what wmprice suggests below before you get Pacifist.

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Try looking in the Trash to see if you inadvertently deleted the app. The Trash is represented by the Trash can icon on the far right (depending on how you have your dock positioned) of the dock. Select this and it will open a Finder window. If the app is there, simply copy it back to the Applications folder.

If it's not there try using Spotlight to see if it can find if it has been moved to another location on the system.

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It wasn't in the trash. I empty it from time to time. I used the OSX reinstall disk to reinstall the apps only. Now when I try to open the mail it tells me this version of mail can't be used with the vesion of OSX I have. I checked to see if any software udates were available but there weren't any. Will I still need to use pacifist?
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What version of OSX are you currently running, and what OSX disk did you re-install the application from? There should be no conflicts if you restored the application from the disk you used to install OSX.
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I'm using 10.5.8 and installed it off of 10.5.6. It's the disk that came with the computer and the only one I have. I can get it to open and go to my mail account but I have to go through the HD and open several files. It won't open from the dock.
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Ah, ok, that's a bit different. Do this.

Close Mail.
Drag the old Mail icon off of the dock. You should see it disappear with a puff of white smoke.
Now open Mail from your hard drive.
Once the application is open right click on the icon that should now be showing in the dock.
You should see an option 'Keep in Dock'. Select this.

Close the app. The icon should remain.
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It won't open from the HD. I have to go into show package contents-contents-macos-mail. Only after all this does my account open. This same path is also how I created the account. When I close the mail folder the icon leaves the dock and my mail closes. If I try to open mail from the hd I get the same message that this version of mail can't be used with this version of the os.
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Ok, try this:

Applications->Disk Utility

Select your hard drive and click Repair Disk Permissions.

It sounds like something on your HD may have become corrupt or you simply need to repair the permissions now that you have restored the application.
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Think I got it but had to reinstall osx. Mail is working with 10.5.6 but now I have install all the updates again. I'll let you know what happens then. Thanks for everything.
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