Mac Tips Daily! # 208 - Size Limits for Incoming Email

Tired of waiting for an email to download? Maybe you are still on dial-up, or are using it on a business trip, since you don't have access to high speed. Many people don't think twice about sending huge attachments. It's not their fault, they just don't consider how long it may take you to download it, or know what type of internet connection you have. Mail allows you to filter large messages. Here is how to do it: Note: This requires a POP account, and doesn't work with IMAP. Open 'Mail' mail\ Go to Mail -> Preferences mail prefs Click on the Accounts tab and click on the Account you want to change. Next, click on the 'Advanced' tab. In the area that says 'Prompt me to skip messages over -- KB'. Type in a value of your choice. I recommend 100 to 300 KB, or somewhere in that range. If you choose a value too low, say 10, mail will prompt you all of the time, and it will become a nuisance. Choose something > 100KB, is my recommendation. On a good dial-up connection,roughly, a 52KB file could take you about 10-15 seconds on a 56.6 kbps modem. accounts When you are done, close the dialog box, and save your changes. Now, when you receive an email that is larger than your specified amount, mail will ask you what to do. You can choose to SKIP it until the next time, or DELETE it from the server (and never see it), or DOWNLOAD it now. If you don't do anything, it will automatically download after 15 seconds. mail