Get more from Mail on your Mac

There’s no avoiding email in the modern world but Macs make it easy

If you haven’t used OS X’s Mail app then starting it will show a wizard where you can input your account details. Consult your ISP to find out what these are.

However, if you have an iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL or a Microsoft Exchange account then this ISN’T necessary! Cancel the window, then open System Preferences, and then click Mail, Contacts & Calendars. Select your email service, then type your name, email address and password. You’ll be asked if you want to sync other services offered by the provider. Tick only those you want, then click the Add button (if you’re using iCloud simply close System Preferences).

Pro tip: For even more control, open the Fonts palette (Cmd+T) and the Colors palette (Shift+Cmd+C). But remember that the recipient might not have the same fonts that your Mac has.

To add attachments just drag and drop them onto the new mail window from a Finder window or the desktop and they’ll be inserted at the cursor position. Be careful when attaching pictures to select the correct size setting from the Image Size dropdown list.

If you send emails to Windows users containing attachments it’s wise to click Edit > Attachments and ensure that both Always Send Windows-Friendly Attachments, and Always Insert Attachments at End of Message are ticked.

Pro Tip: If Windows-using recipients just can’t see attachments you send, try this strange trick – attach the other item(s), then create an empty folder in Finder and attach it at the very end of the message, after all text and other attachments. If you still run into issues, try zipping the attachments or install the Attachment Tamer add-on.