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    Hey everyone.....

    Was just wondering if you are able to have mail work the same as outlook express?

    I had outlook have it that when opened, it would start in my mail acount, then click on file>switch identity>then wife's email address.....

    Can I do that in mail as well? if so how? I don't want them being accessed at the same time as she gets a lot of junk stuff that i don't want to wait for when i want to check out my email. I haven't set her up on the mac yet as i wanted to find out about this first.

    If mail can't do this, is there another program that is sweet to use for mac that will do that? the email is from my internet provider and not a hotmail or those other mail accounts.

    Thanks everyone.
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    You could put both your and your wife's email accounts into Mail (it can handle multiple accounts), but really what you should do -- and trust me, this advice could save or strengthen your marriage -- is to give your wife her own user account on the computer.

    That way, your email is your email and her email is her email and never the twain shall meet. She can use her own choice of email programs, as can you. She can do up her background wallpaper, dock and other programs any way she likes, and so can you, and they won't interfere with each other. Switching between accounts (if she needs to use it "just really quick") takes only seconds, and it keeps each person's stuff separate.

    Trust me, this is a better way to go.

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    +1 for Chas_m's suggestion. Plus it will allow you two to keep your data separate. Including Music. This is a godsend if you and your wife have huge collections of files and/or music and/or videos that you want to keep separate.

    I couldn't imagine my wife and I sharing a single account on a given computer; multiple accounts create a very nice bubble for each user to have their own stuff.
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    thanks for the reply's guys. is there a video floating around on how to make multiple accounts? if so i rough idea so i can search it out and do that.

    Thanks again.
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    Its very easy, actually. All you have to do is go to system prefs/accounts and click the little plus at the bottom left. Here's a link which will take you through step by step:

    Mac OS X 10.5 Help: Creating a new user account

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    thank you. I will set that up tonight when i get home from work. lol

    thanks again everyone
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    You could put both your and your wife's email accounts into Mail (it can handle multiple accounts), but really what you should do -- and trust me, this advice could save or strengthen your marriage -- is to give your wife her own user account on the computer.
    Best advice EVER!


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    It might also be relevant to mention "Fast user switching". You can choose to go the standard route where you have to logout of one account and in to the other - or, you can set "Fast user switching" and zoom from one account to the other from a selection on the menubar. It does consume more system resources to use fast switching - but I think you've got plenty to spare with that iMac.

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    chas you almost me cry with that advice. Lol. You make me want to create a user account for my wife so that she can get rid of her dumb dell and come over but then again it is a doggie dog world and she can fiend for herself.
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