12/15/10
12:18 pm

Forum Question: Gmail & Mail double inboxes

Hi Gary,since adding Gmail to my mail application on my macbook pro, i have the gmail mailbox in my inbox but I also have another Gmail mailbox below which gets frustrating to have since every time i get a new email into my gmail account, it appears both in the inbox and in gmail’s own mailbox that was created when i added the gmail account.
How can i get rid of the gmail inbox thats not in my inbox folder(with my other email accounts)
Thanks Gart
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Carlos M

Comments: 6 Responses to “Gmail & Mail double inboxes”

    12/15/10 @ 12:31 pm

    Sounds like you are using Gmail as IMAP (which is what you should be doing). What you are seeing is the IMAP folder for Gmail. But don’t think of it as a “folder” — because it is really not how Gmail works. Each message has one or more labels. Gmail uses labels and IMAP uses folders. So you really only have the email once on the server — the folders in Mail just give you different ways to look at it. You can create your own Gmail labels (in the Web interface) and see them there too.
    There’s nothing you can do to change it, and you don’t want to. It is just a reflection of what Gmail shows your mail client.

    Carlos M
    12/15/10 @ 1:44 pm

    Fair enough but the problem is that when im checking my mail in the inbox section(I use this to breeze through a but of email accounts), I also have to go into the other inbox so they are read and my mail app wont show that i have unread email, it does get frustrating to keep doing this every time i get a new gmail message. Is there a way that once i view the message in the inbox that in the gmail only mailbox will know it has been read and stop me from going into that mailbox to clear the unread messages?

      12/15/10 @ 1:57 pm

      That’s odd. I don’t get that. I only have to read the email in the inbox and then it is set as “read.”

    Carlos M
    12/15/10 @ 2:09 pm

    Well my problem is that if i read it in the inbox, i still have to go into the gmail thats totally separate from the inbox to have them read. I only have to go into the mailbox to get them read, I dont even have to go into each individual message which is even more odd.

      Nico
      9/4/11 @ 10:50 am

      Carlos,
      I have exactly the same issue using Mail 5.
      Did you find a solution?
      Thanks.

    Nico
    9/4/11 @ 10:49 am

    Carlos,
    I have exactly the same issue using Mail 5.
    Did you find a solution?
    Thanks.

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