The first thing to try, if you encounter this problem, is first close Mail completely. Then hold Shift and click on the Mail icon to open it in Safe Mode. Then, close Mail again, then hold Shift and open Mail again. Finally, close Mail yet again, then reboot your Mac. Open Mail normally, and search should work again. Reboot the Mac and load up Mail to see if search works. Once macOS Catalina is installed on your Mac or MacBook, you may notice that your device is running slower than before.
If macOS Catalina also showed a notification that said "Optimizing Your Mac: Performance and battery life may be affected until completed," then this is normal, as macOS Catalina is doing things behind the scenes which can initially impact performance. After a day or so, your Mac should be running just as well if not better as before. If you don't see an improvement by then, try restarting your Mac or MacBook.
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Another thing to check is to make sure that all of your apps and software are updated to the latest version. If any of them have issues with Catalina, that could be slowing down your machine. You can also open up the Apple menu and select 'System Preferences'. Select 'Login Items' and then select the apps you want to stop opening at startup and click the small minus sign below the list.
It's also worth making sure all of your apps are updated. Check the App Store for any available updates, or the app's website. You can also try restarting your Mac to see if that helps.
If it doesn't, force-quit any apps that appear to be taking up a lot of RAM. Its CPU tab lists active processes, with a real-time view of what's going on. To force-quit an item, click it in the Activity Monitor list, click the X at the left of the toolbar, then confirm you want to force-quit.
Also delete the cache. Open the Finder window, select 'Go' from the top menu and select 'Go to Folder'. Remove the data from inside every folder. As with the performance issues above, you may find that at first your MacBook's battery life is a lot shorter. Again, this is probably because macOS Catalina is doing some background work to set itself up — and after a few hours or a day, things should have settled down and your battery life should be back to normal.
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If it isn't then make sure all your apps are updated. You can also click the battery icon on the top menu bar, which will show you what apps and processes are taking up a lot of your battery life. Close those and see if the battery improves. If it does, then make sure the apps in question have been updated, and check any of their settings to see why they would be taking up so much battery life in macOS Catalina.
For more advice, visit our how to improve your MacBook's battery guide. Here's an odd one. Some people have been complaining that after updating to macOS Catalina, the keyboards of their MacBooks no longer work. Luckily, there's quite an easy fix. Then, open it back up, and the keyboard should begin working again.
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Best regards, Gee Are Reply. Hi Marijka, which email provider do you use? Hi Hank, does the fan comes on within a couple of minutes only when you have started Mac mail? Goulet, thanks for your feedback. OP updated. Great tip. Mail is responding again. I researched some ideas for 2 hours but tried yours and it worked — Well done and thanks Nick Reply. Hi Ron Mac, thank you very, very much for your contribution! Hopefully, your trick helps somebody out there! Cheers and stay tuned! This is the weirdest solution ever — and it seems to be working for me too!
Nice one! Oddly enough, it seems to be working for me! This has been working for me. Where do I find Mail Preferences? Please advise. Hi Tom, thanks for that helpful tweak! Hi Sarah, thank you very much for your feedback and this solution! Hi Ben, thanks for your Feedback!
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