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    delete e-mail
    How do I delete an e-mail without opening it? I am using apple mail 10.3.It is e-mail that I think might be one with a virus or something in it.

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    NO viruses exist for Mac. Just select it and delete it. Done.

    Why do you think it has a virus or something?
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    I don't think it has a virus. I just don't like to open e-mails from someone I don't know. I have been getting a few of these e-mails lately.

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    Don't open them. Just select them and delete them. The preview is not technically "open" in Mail, it's just a preview. To open the message, you have to double-click and get it in its own window. Then it's open. In the preview pane it is NOT open. So just select it and delete it. Done.
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    I was not aware that one click did not open the e-mail. Thanks for the info. This will solve my concern I think.

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    I do a right-click and select delete

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    @krs, yep, that works, too, and avoids even the preview.
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    For anyone new to the Mac, it's probably worth mentioning that selecting "delete" for an email in Apple Mail doesn't actually delete the email at all, it just moves that email to the Apple Mail Trash folder.
    That way one can recover it if needed.
    To get rid of the email completely one has to delete it from the Apple Mail trash folder as well.

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    @minibill,

    The suggestions above are clearly the easiest and best ways to deal with the problem.

    If, however, you are receiving a lot of unwanted emails, you can set up a Rule in Mail that automatically moves these to Trash instead your doing it manually.

    I'll show you an example which may or may not suit you.

    In Mail, go into Mail Preferences (Keyboard shortcut is Command plus comma).
    In Preferences, click on Rules.
    Give it a name - in my screenshot below, it is shown as Rule 3.
    Set up the conditions that meet your requirements. In my example, I have chosen "Sender is not in my contacts".
    The Perform what action you want. Here I've chosen "Move to Trash"

    Of course, as krs mentioned, you will have to empty the trash folder.

    If my suggestion of "Sender is not in my Contacts" is too restrictive, you can play around with the various choices by clicking on the exposure triangles and looking at all the various options.

    Screenshot 2020-03-23 at 8.50.25 am??.png

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    Thanks IWT for the suggestion. I will definitely try it.
    Thanks also to the other info and suggestions.
    bill

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