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    I have purchased a new iMac for my wife's birthday. This is the first Mac for either of us and I want to make the transition as painless as possible. She uses Thunderbird for her mail program and I know it is available for the Mac, but I would like to try the native mail program. She will have two mail accounts. Is it possible to have incoming mail from both accounts appear in a common inbox or a single smart folder? Any advice appreciated.

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    Yes. Mail can easily handle the situation you describe. I currently have it checking four accounts. If I click Inbox it shows me mail from all four accounts. In my case I expanded the view to see each account's mailbox but you don't have to do that.
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    When you have more than one email account, Mail's default behaviour is to show a single inbox with a "little triangle" next to it. Clicking on it make it point downward and shows the separate inboxes for each account.

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    Thanks - she will be pleased!

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    Just as an aside, if she still wants to use Thunderbird on the Mac, you can transfer all her mail from Windows to Mac by doing the following -

    1. Install Thunderbird on your Mac
    2. Run Thunderbird (so it creates the folder <user>/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles (just cancel setting up an email address)
    3. It has now registered the program, so delete the profile it just created.
    4. Replace it with the entire Profile folder directly from your PC.

    I hope she enjoys the new computer!

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    Thanks - I'll keep that in mind.

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    Just as an aside, if she still wants to use Thunderbird on the Mac, you can transfer all her mail from Windows to Mac by doing the following -
    And if you were using the NNTP news reader included with Thunderbird in Windows, you can do the same as described above by member EvenStranger to transfer the account to the Mac.

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