Mail, otherwise known as Apple Mail, is an application in Mac OS X, used for checking email.


Mail was capable of writing rich-text (HTML) and plain text (text-only) emails from the very beginning, going back as early as the version which shipped with Mac OS X Public Beta.


Mac OS X Public Beta

During the era of the Mac OS X Public Beta, Mail had a drawer and a toolbar filled with push-buttons, which were relatively large. The buttons offered basic mail manipulation options as well as a search field.

Mac OS X 10.4

The Mail application received another drastic (some would say controversial) interface makeover, which were dismissed by some as bearing close resemblance to the interface found in the latest versions of Microsoft Entourage.

Buttons were now grouped (they appeared as part of a larger button), and the drawer disappeared completely—a new sidebar replaced the aging drawer.

Backing up data in Mail

To back up all data in Mail, back up the following items:

  • Everything in the Mail folder in your Library folder (in /Users/);

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