How to Remove Duplicates in Apple Mail

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How to Remove Duplicates in Apple Mail
Remove duplicates from your Mac Mail storage with Mail Scripts. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Apple's Mac OS X comes equipped with an e-mail application known as Mail. This application can be used with almost any of your e-mail accounts on sites such as Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail and others. With a special script called Mail Scripts, you can perform a variety of special tasks, such as creating an archive of your e-mails across your various accounts registered in Mail. You can also remove any duplicate messages in your mailboxes with a function in Mail Scripts.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Launch the Mail application. Click "Mailbox" and "Online Status." Select "Go Offline."

  2. 2

    Download and install the Mail Scripts installer from the official website at andreasamann.com/MacOSX/Mail_Scripts.html.

  3. 3

    Double-click to open the DMG file. The file will unpack the collection of scripts to be run through your Mail application.

  4. 4

    Return to the Mail application. Set your status to "Online" again. Click the "Scroll" icon in the top toolbar. Click to open the scripts listing, and locate the "Remove Duplicates" script in your Mail Scripts folder.

  5. 5

    Check the mailboxes that you want to search for duplicate messages.

  6. 6

    Run the script to move all duplicate messages to a new folder in the Mail application.

  7. 7

    Click to select the "Duplicate Messages" folder. Delete the folder to remove the messages from your mailboxes.

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