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    Question AppleMail shows a folder multiple times in MOVE pulldown
    When I MOVE an email from one folder to another, I always see duplicates of the "On My Mac" folder.



    Any idea how I can remove the duplicates?
    -John

    27" iMac w 4x3.4 GHz, iPhone 5 wannabe, 64GB iPod Touch & MobileMe

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    Haven't used Mac Mail in quite some time, but from memory, if you right click, or ⌃(control)Click and select delete ?? that should remove them.
    As to how they are being made, is another issue altogether.
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    I cannot delete the pointers because there is no right-clink within a pulldown menu.
    The folder only exists once, but appears in the pulldown many times.
    I wish I knew how the duplicates were created, but...
    -John

    27" iMac w 4x3.4 GHz, iPhone 5 wannabe, 64GB iPod Touch & MobileMe

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    I now remember what I did to create these duplicates.

    Back when I first switched from Windows to Mac, I thought it would speed up the Mail App startup and search functions if I archived old mail out of the app. In my Windows days, I would stop the app, rename the mail file, then restart the app. Id keep the old/archive files for future reference, but as long as they were out of the main mail file, Outlook ran faster.

    Not knowing that this duplicate pointer thing was happening, it appears that I did this file renaming nine times at three different points in time. It appears that each time I did this, MAIL would create another pointer so that it now thinks I have 9 of them - but in reality they all point to the very same single file.

    Now that we know what caused it, any ideas how I can undo it?
    -John

    27" iMac w 4x3.4 GHz, iPhone 5 wannabe, 64GB iPod Touch & MobileMe

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    The same 9 "On My Mac" folders appear in the mail navigation list, but there is only one real underlying folder. I know this because ~/Library/Mail/V2/Mailboxes only has one Archive.mbox. However, I noticed one look slightly different in the navigation list. I delete that one and the others disappeared...
    -John

    27" iMac w 4x3.4 GHz, iPhone 5 wannabe, 64GB iPod Touch & MobileMe

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