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How To: Add Universal Mailboxes Back To Mail v14

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How To: Add Universal Mailboxes Back To Mail v14

Sometimes I wonder how often Apple really plans updates or upgrades. It also amazes me how often they shoot themselves in the virtual foot when they make huge interface changes for no apparent reason or benefit to the every day user. This is the case with the latest and greatest(?)version of Mac Mail.app v 14.0 on Apple’s new macOS 11—Big Sur.

After adding more than one mail account to Mail.app directly or via System Prefs > Internet Account, in old versions of Apple Mail you’d have the default Universal Mailboxes: Inboxes, Drafts, Sent, Junk, Trash, Archive. But in Mail v14 in Big Sur that’s not the case. For every mail account, there are now separate listings for each mail account with individual Inbox, Drafts, Trash, etc. You can no longer just click on the Universal Inbox & see all you accounts mail in one place. To restore a semblance of the old Universal Mailboxes, you now have to add them to the Favorites section of the sidebar manually.

Adding Universal Mailboxes To Favorites
1) Create more than one mail account in Mail > Preferences > Accounts.
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2) Click Advanced IMAP Settings Button.
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3) In IMAP Path Prefix field enter: INBOX. Click Okay.
4) Repeat steps 1-3 for all aditional accounts.
5) Close Mail prefs window when done adding accounts.
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6) Hover over Favorites & click + .
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7) Select menu from popup.
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8) Select mailbox you want to add.
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9) Click the OK button.
10) Repeat steps 6-9 for every mailbox you’d like to add to Favorites.
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11) If you’re like me and you have one IMAP account you file all your archive mail to, you can also add those to Favorites to make life easier when filing/archiving eMail.

So there you have it! The workaround to this version of Apple Mail to make it more like Apple Mail of old.

Hopefully down the line Apple comes up with an easier way to add multiple mailboxes to Favorites rather than the frustrating one at a time.

Hope that helps you out!

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