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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:34 am 
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In the General tab of Mail's preferences are options to have Mail check for new messages:
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If Mail can be configured to check for messages every one, 5, 15, 30 or 60 minutes, what does "Automatically" mean/do? I've just selected that to see what happens. I'll let you know.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:34 am 
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From Mail's Help entries:

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When Mail gets new messages from the mail server. By default, the option is set to Automatically (Mail varies how often it gets messages, based on whether your Mac is plugged into an electrical outlet).

If you set the option to Manually, click the Get Mail button in the Mail toolbar to check for messages. (Whenever you click an IMAP or Exchange mailbox in the Mail sidebar, it syncs with the server, and shows new messages.)


There's your answer. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:48 am 
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Thanks, Squishy. Unless I'm not understanding the Help file, I was wondering what the difference is between "Automatically" and the 5, 15, 30 and 60 minute options, as they are performed automatically, too.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:31 pm 
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It sounds like Automatically changes how often it checks for mail based on whether the system is running off battery power or not, whereas 15, 30, etc. minutes always checks at that interval no matter what the power situation is. So when its on batteries it checks for mail less often than when its connected to AC power. If you have a UPS connected via USB it counts as a battery.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:10 pm 
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Aha! I misunderstood. Thanks, MB.

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