How to Delete a Mailbox on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

How to Delete a Mailbox on Mac

Deleting a mailbox on your Mac can help you declutter your email accounts and remove unnecessary folders. Whether you no longer need a specific mailbox or want to streamline your email organization, this tutorial will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Launch the Mail App

If you haven’t already, open the Mail app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search.

Step 2: Access Mailbox Settings

Once the Mail app is open, click on the “Mailbox” tab in the menu bar at the top of your screen. From the dropdown menu, select “Show Mailbox List.”

Note: Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Command + Shift + M to access the mailbox list directly.

Step 3: Select the Mailbox to Delete

In the mailbox list sidebar that appears on the left side of your screen, locate and click on the mailbox you want to delete. The selected mailbox should now be highlighted.

Step 4: Delete the Mailbox

To delete the selected mailbox, click on “Mailbox” in the menu bar again and choose “Delete Mailbox” from the dropdown menu.

Note: You can also right-click on the selected mailbox and choose “Delete Mailbox” from there.

A confirmation prompt will appear asking if you are sure you want to delete this mailbox. Click “OK” to proceed with deletion or “Cancel” if you have changed your mind.

Step 5: Empty Trash (Optional)

If you want to permanently remove the mailbox and its contents, you can empty the Trash folder in your Mail app. To do this, simply right-click on the Trash folder in the mailbox list sidebar and select “Erase Deleted Items” from the dropdown menu.

Note: This step is irreversible, so make sure you have backed up any important emails or data before emptying the Trash.

That’s it! You have successfully deleted a mailbox on your Mac. Repeat these steps for any additional mailboxes you wish to remove.


Deleting mailboxes on your Mac is a straightforward process that can help streamline your email management. By following these steps, you can easily remove unwanted folders and declutter your Mail app. Remember to think twice before permanently deleting any mailboxes and always back up important data.

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