How to manually check for new email in the Mail app in Mac OS X using a keyboard shortcut

Mail is one of the most used apps on a Mac. Normally, the Mail app will automatically refresh and check for new emails, making it easier for users to check their newly-received emails. But you may not have noticed that you now can use a keyboard shortcut to manually refresh and check for your new email.

If you are using a Mac and you want to manually check for new email, we believe that we can help you out. With a simple keyboard shortcut, you can get all new emails in the Mail app on your Mac.


To do this, the first thing you need to do is to open the Mail app on your Mac. Once you are in the mailbox, hit Command + Shift + N. Doing this way will refresh all your email accounts and try to get all new emails on the mail servers.

Note: Make sure that you hit the Shift key. If you have been using a Mac for a long time, you are already aware that hitting Command + N will create a new message in Mail app.

How to check for all new mails using Mailbox menu

There is another shot for checking all new emails in Mac OS X is to use Mailbox menu located in the menu bar.

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is to open the Mail app

Step 2: Click on the Mailbox icon in the menu bar and select “Get All New Mail” from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: The Mail app will automatically check for all new emails that may be waiting in other email accounts.


This trick could be very handy since the “Get All New Mail” will hunt down every single email account for new messages. That’s it! From now on, you can use the keyboard shortcut to manually check for all new emails that may be stored in email servers.

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