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    Activated Mail...wish I hadn't-Please Help!

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    Activated Mail...wish I hadn't-Please Help!
    I activated my Mail account yesterday and thought it was great until I saw that it used up 3 GB of my hard drive space after I had done this. I'm assuming it's due to importing all my emails and attachments from my Gmail account. How can I undo all of this safely and get my Mac and my memory space back to what it was before I activated this yesterday? I'd rather not use mail now that I see it is storing everything on my hard drive and taking up so much space.
    15" Macbook Pro, Mountain Lion 10.8.2, 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7, 4 GB, Seagate HDD 750 GB 7200 RPM

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    Activated Mail...wish I hadn't-Please Help!
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    When you setup your account info, you should've set it up to use IMAP as opposed to POP. With IMAP, the mail should stay on GMail and you will get a view to it. With POP, the mail is downloaded to your Mac and if you don't specifically tell it to leave the messages on the server, it will delete it from GMail..

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    Activated Mail...wish I hadn't-Please Help!

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    It is set up the IMAP way. At this point I would just like to uninstall it and get back my 3 GB of memory space. How can I undo the installation and erase off all the information it downloaded?
    15" Macbook Pro, Mountain Lion 10.8.2, 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7, 4 GB, Seagate HDD 750 GB 7200 RPM

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    Activated Mail...wish I hadn't-Please Help!

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    As for POP or IMAP, between your Mail app and Gmail settings, you have total control over this, but anyway.....
    In your mail preferences select the account and click the minus tab.
    If you haven't got your space back then, go to user/library/mail, and delete away any of the emails for that account.

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    Activated Mail...wish I hadn't-Please Help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    As for POP or IMAP, between your Mail app and Gmail settings, you have total control over this, but anyway.....
    In your mail preferences select the account and click the minus tab.
    If you haven't got your space back then, go to user/library/mail, and delete away any of the emails for that account.
    6string, thanks very much. That worked.
    15" Macbook Pro, Mountain Lion 10.8.2, 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7, 4 GB, Seagate HDD 750 GB 7200 RPM

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    Activated Mail...wish I hadn't-Please Help!
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    Also, if you're worried about 3GB of space, it's really time to upgrade your drive.
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