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    Deleting email from the sever

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    Deleting email from the sever
    Hi - I have an iMac and a MacBook Pro. How can I set up email to delete the email from the server when I delete from the MacBook Pro, but leave it on the server when deleting from the iMac?

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    If it's the same account (ISP), you can't. In other words, if both machines are accessing the same server, you can't have it both ways. With separate accounts and servers for each machine, then yes.

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    Thanks. Disappointing but informative. So.... does the first delete from either machine delete the email from the server, or does it require both. I assume the first.

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    Well chscag my ISP has email available on the server when I access with both iMac and Dell Latitude using Windows 7 and seems to disappear only after the second access. Does the removal only apply if you are using two Macs?
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    No, it depends on the setting from the first machine to access the server whether it be OS X Mac Mail or MS Outlook Mail from Windows.

    I used to access my GMail account from both my Mac and Toshiba PC. For example: If I accessed the GMail server with the Toshiba and had it set to remove mail after downloaded, then when I accessed the server again from Mac Mail, the mail would already be removed and not downloaded again. And vice-versa.

    IMAP works the same way.

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    Thanks cshag. But what you described on the Toshiba (If I accessed the GMail server with the Toshiba and had it set to remove mail after downloaded, then when I accessed the server again from Mac Mail, the mail would already be removed and not downloaded again) is exactly what I want to achieve with either my iMac or MacBook Pro. But apparently this is not possible with Mac email...

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    That's not what you asked in your first post.

    Hi - I have an iMac and a MacBook Pro. How can I set up email to delete the email from the server when I delete from the MacBook Pro, but leave it on the server when deleting from the iMac?

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    Sorry, I didn't read your post closely enough. What I think I'm learning: If I delete an email from either Mac before the second has had a chance to download it, it is removed from the server and no longer available to either machine. But if both machines have downloaded the email, the first one to delete it will remove it from the server, it's just that it is still in memory on the second.
    Pls let me know if this looks correct.
    Thanks...

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    Now you got it. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, but it's been a busy Monday!

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    Thanks!!!

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