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Need Help In Understanding Email Filters In Thunderbird


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#1 honu1

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 07:02 PM

I was just at the Mozilla forum, but the help offered there seems to geared to the more advanced user.
I'm hoping someone here can make it easier to understand.
I do not at all understand how to properly set the filter controls for junk mail. I would like 2 options at present.
One is to immediately delete or block any sender who I do not wish to get mail from. There is so much spam out there!
The other option is to have suspected junk held until I determine it truly is.

I appreciate any input.
Thank you
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Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:56 PM

Let's start with the easy one.
Open Thunderbird, on the menu bar click - Tools - Account Settings
In the left pane you will see your email account. Under that account
you will see "Junk Settings".
Check the first box - "Enable adaptive junk mail ..."
Check the box - "Move new junk to ..."
Check the circle - "Junk" folder on:
The drop down box should read "Local Folders"
Click "OK" and you should now have a "Junk" folder under your inbox.
Now when you receive mail you mark the spam by clicking the message
and then clicking the "Junk" icon. TB will start learning and soon start
putting those mails in the "Junk" folder for you to make sure a legitimate
mail didn't get flagged. If it does you just click on the message and then
a little box - "Not Junk".
Try that out for a while and see how it works for you. If you still feel
that you need to create filters just post back. Filters are a bit more
difficult to set up.
For what it's worth, I have 5 accounts and only occasionally does a
junk mail get in. With no separate filters.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 06:42 PM

Thanks for the quick reply,raw.
I already have a junk folder in mt in box section. I must have fiddled with trying to set up a more specific filter tho.
There is one email addy that always goes to my junk folder, but I would like to totally block that one from ever getting to my computer at all.
I hope it won't be too "tech" for me to set up something like that.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 07:57 PM

Open Thunderbird, click - Tools - Message Filters
In the "Filters for" drop down box select the account
you are creating the filter for. (If you only have one account
this box will just show "Local Folders".
On the right click the box - New
Now you are in the "Rules" window.
In the top box type in a name for your rule.
Verify the middle box has a green dot.
Click to expand the first drop down box and select: "from"
Leave the middle drop down on "contains"
In the last box type the email address you want to filter.
In the lower pane expand the drop down and select "Delete Message"
Click "OK" and return to Message Filters window. Verify the new filter
is "Enabled".
Restart TB.

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 06:33 PM

Thanks raw,
I've written all of the above down longhand. Now I just have to wait for the junk email to come thru again so I can set a "proper" filter.
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