[solved] Mac: Apple Mail main window does not appear at program start

What to do if the main Mail window is missing

Sometimes I am happy when I have the right solution for a Mac problem ready, even though I haven't even heard of the problem before. In the current case, my reader René asked me if I had a tip on how to get Apple Mail on the Mac to show the main window again when it started. Here is his mail:

Hello Jens, a problem that apparently many users have without having found a solution! When I open the "Mail" program, the main window does not appear, but that of the last opened e-mail. I then have to click the "main window" every time. Do you have a solution how to solve this problem?

Not the solution, but a small tip on the side, is the keyboard shortcut CMD + 0 (zero). This opens the main window much faster than clicking the long way through the menu with the mouse. But of course we want it to be the same as before: The main Mail window should open when the program starts.

What to do if the main Apple Mail window on the Mac keeps disappearing when the program is started? (Graphics: Sir Apfelot)

What to do if the main Apple Mail window on the Mac keeps disappearing when the program is started? (Graphics: Sir Apfelot)

“Saved Application State” is the key

All apps save their window sizes and their positions on the desktop in a folder called "Saved Application State". There it is also recorded whether a window was open at all or not.

In the current case, the file in which the Mac “remembers” whether the main Mail window is open appears to be defective. My recommendation is therefore to delete the files that save the window states for Apple Mail.

instructions:

  1. Close Apple Mail
  2. Hold down the ALT key and select "Go"> "Library" in the Finder
  3. then open the “Saved Application States” folder
  4. Open the folder "com.apple.mail.savedState" there (is an alias, so do not delete the folder!)
  5. delete the four files in it
  6. Restart the mail app

Recommended reading: 3 easy ways to get to the library folder

The folder with the mail window states is located in the "Saved Application State" folder.

The folder with the mail window states is located in the "Saved Application State" folder.

Solve window problems with other apps

The trick with the “Saved Application State” doesn't only work with Apple Mail. Basically, by deleting the files in the corresponding folders, you can force all programs on the Mac to recreate the files and reset the window sizes and positions. A reset to factory settings, so to speak, as far as the windows are concerned.

Success message from René: works!

A short time after I had sent René my instructions on his problem, I received the feedback that his Apple Mail was behaving normally again. The program shows the main window - as usual and desired - immediately when you start Mail.

Do you have a Mac problem that doesn't have a solution yet? Feel free to contact me by email or comment. I'm doing my best to bail you out.

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