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I can't connect mail to the account Gmail from my Macbook Pro. Under Mail, I select preferences to ensure I have IMAP connected. But I'm still unsuccessful sending mail.

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What's your sending server? If you get mail, but can't send that's the obvious issue. Should be, using TLS (requires authentication) and it will want you login info again most likely. – nerdwaller Apr 19 '13 at 3:22
What error do you get? – Vincent Apr 19 '13 at 4:05

You may need to enable IMAP on the account. In Gmail -> Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP -> Enable IMAP

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