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Want To Send but Not Receive In Mac Mail – Sierra

I want to uncheck the option “include when automatically checking for mail” for an email account but it doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Where is it? I have an account I want to send from but never receive mail for.
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Robyn

Comments: 6 Responses to “Want To Send but Not Receive In Mac Mail – Sierra”

    2 years ago

    I think this was removed back with Sierra. My guess is that since most email accounts are cloud/IMAP based, you are not really “receiving” email anymore, but Mail is simply syncing with the server to reflect the inbox/outbox/mailboxes that exist there. The server is receiving the email, and the Mail app is simply a client that shows you want the server contains.

    If you don’t want to receive email at an account, then perhaps look into your options on the server. Most email functions are on the server and depend on your provider. For instance, with Google (Gmail) you could set up a filter to make all incoming email “skip the inbox” or even go directly to the trash.

    Robyn
    2 years ago

    Thanks, Gary. A bit annoying as it was useful for my application and was working even with Sierra as I had it in place long before Sierra and it seemed to carry the instruction through. However, I’ve recently upgraded to a new iMac and it’s lost the instruction. I find that if I take the account offline that allows me to send but not receive. Only problem is that the account doesn’t stay offline. It keeps coming back online. Any ideas on how to keep it offline?

    2 years ago

    Robyn: I’m guessing that when you send, it puts the account online. It would almost have to in order to send. I would look into my idea about setting things up on the server so the mail is automatically archived or deleted.

    Robyn
    2 years ago

    No, it actually doesn’t put the account online. I’ve had it this way for years and you see the offline icon next to the account but you can still send. Before getting the new iMac, it never came back online by itself. Now it does every time I reopen Mail after quitting. So annoying! Appreciate your attention to this, Gary.

    2 years ago

    The way I see it, the server solution is the only solution. Otherwise, you’ll just have more and more email sitting in your inbox, just waiting for you to download it. Maybe you figure out how to keep the account offline, but then 2 years from now you get a new device and it triggers the download of all of that email. Setting up the server so things don’t build up in the inbox is the solution.

    Robyn
    2 years ago

    I’ll follow your advice. Thanks again for your attention and sharing of expertise. Really appreciate it.

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