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goto www.gmail.com and log into your account. Are your emails in there?
Gmail uses IMAP, so it doesn't matter what computer you use to check email. Everything remains on the server. The emails don't come to the laptop or the desktop.
When you are checking email on the laptop you are seeing what's on the server and same for the desktop. They both see the same thing and are synced with the server.
So whichever computer you are working on at the time, if you do something on that one...like delete an email message...then it deletes it from the server. Which means whichever computer you use to check email will no longer display that message because it was deleted.
Basically, what it all boils down to is that all your computers see the same thing and if you do something on one, it will reflect on the other.
Does that make sense?
hmm....that does sound weird...it's the same gmail account set up on both computers right?
First, let's just see what we see on the server. Were you able to log onto the web based gmail account?
ok...so what you see on the "website" is what you see on the laptop currently, right? ....Message wise.
Once you confirm this, we can focus on the desktop
goto mac email, click on the mail tab => select preferences => click on accounts => Is account type IMAP or POP3?
At this point, you should see account type ... set this to imap instead of pop. You should see your username ... confirm it's correct, set the server to imap.gmail.com (instead of pop.gmail.com) ... then enter your password XXXXX gmail. after that click continue
let me know when this is done.
Now it will ask for a description for the smtp server.. Just put gmail smtp then click continue
AFter that click...CREATE
Then close out of account settings.
Give it a couple of seconds and it will start syncing with the server and you'll see emails come through.
Let me know when this is done.
excellent...yeah...it's syncing all your emails initially, so that takes a while. Now you have to do the same thing on the other computer and then you can use either one of them.