Since macOS Big Sur, numerous great changes have occurred but Mail seems to have been stripped out of its useful Favorites

The famous “All Sent”, “Flagged”, “All Drafts”, “All Junk”, “All Trash” and the like may not show on your newly upgraded Mail app on your Mac after the upgrade.

There’s a solution to bring them back!

  • Go to the Mail app on your Mac
  • Hover “Favorites” on the left sidebar

  • A “+” will appear, click it to open the selection window
  • Click the dropdown menu “Mailbox to add”

  • Select which Mailbox you’d like to add to your “Favorites” then click “OK”
  • Repeat these steps for all Mailboxes you’d like to add to your “Favorites”

That’s it! You can now have access to any previously used “Favorites” that make sense to you when using Mail.

Do you have any questions? Have you found any other tricks for Mail on macOS Big Sur?

Feel free to let us know in the comments below!

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  1. 1989MacGuy 1 September 2022 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Hallelujah, it works!
    Bookmarking this site, for sure!

    • Aurelien 1 September 2022 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Hi 1989MacGuy,

      We’re so delighted to know this post has helped you!

      Feel free to share it on social media if you believe others can benefit from it as well!

      Thank you,

  2. Henry Bowman 11 December 2022 at 4:53 am - Reply

    My problem is slightly different. I upgraded two machines from High Sierra to Monterey, which created All Junk mailboxes. On one of the machines, the junk mailbox from one mail account (an AOL “Bulk”) got included in All Junk as it should have, but on the other, it didn’t. I can’t find any instructions for adding a mailbox to the All Junk mailbox collection. If I try to drag it into the All Junk folder it acts like it is going to accept it, but then pops it up to the top level of Favorites. How do I get it inside All Junk?

    • Aurelien 9 January 2023 at 1:57 am - Reply

      Hi Henry,
      Thanks for your question.
      As you’ve experienced it on the upgraded Mac that worked, it should be automatic.
      Perhaps upgrading again to the latest macOS Ventura 13.1 could fix it?
      If not, we would recommend to contact Apple Support directly.
      If someone else has a suggestion for Henry, feel free to contribute!

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