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    Marking Gmail messages as read
    Hey guys, kinda couldn't help myself on this problem, so I though I'd go all the way and post a thread (which I do so rarely).

    In Apple Mail, if I read a message, is there a way that that message will be marked read in Gmail as well. The other day I accessed my Gmail online at school, and had 1524 unread messages which I had read using Apple Mail, but Gmail doesnt "know" that I have.

    Help greatly appreciated.
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    Nope. AFAIK Apple mail retrieves a only copy from the gmail account and keeps the original untouched. Since it is POP it is not possible to set it to "Read".

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    Is that a feature available in IMAP?
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    I found this on Wikipedia

    Through the use of flags defined in the IMAP4 protocol clients can keep track of message state, for example whether or not the message has been read, replied to, or deleted. These flags are stored on the server, so different clients accessing the same mailbox at different times can detect state changes made by other clients. POP3 provides no mechanism for clients to store such state information on the server so if a single user accesses a mailbox with two different POP3 clients state information, such as whether a message has been accessed, cannot be synchronized between the clients. The IMAP4 protocol supports both pre-defined system flags and client defined keywords, System flags indicate state information such as whether a message has been read. Keywords, which are not supported by all IMAP servers, allow messages to be given one or more tags whose meaning is up to the client. Adding user created tags to messages is an operation supported by some Webmail services, such as Gmail, although generally not using IMAP.

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