Filtering e-mail with Thunderbird

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by JAS, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. JAS

    JAS Guest

    I installed Thunderbird and Firefox on Dec 26 -- have a question about
    mail filtering in Thunderbird.

    I had several "Message rules" established in Outlook Express. Does
    Thunderbird have a similar function and if so, where do I go to activate
    the rules and to build new mail rules (or modify existing rules)?


    JAS, Dec 27, 2004
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    Neon Knight Guest

    Click on Tools, then message filters. By the way, TB's filters suck, one
    of the main reasons I don't move to TB.
    Neon Knight, Dec 27, 2004
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    Moz Champion Guest

    In most cases, the Junk Mail Controls makes most anti-spam filters
    redundant. And the filters in Mozilla/Thunderbird are quite
    configureable and can do almost anything that the ones in OE could.

    TB's filters are quite useful in fact
    Moz Champion, Dec 27, 2004
  4. What filter do you use in your email client that TB can't do? Spam
    filtering? I can't think of anything I can't accomplish with TB's
    filters and search folders.
    ::..BRIAN..::, Dec 27, 2004
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    Hadley Guest

    How about filter & delete on the mail server before you even download a
    message. I currently use The Bat! v2.12 because I am on Earthlink Dailup
    and they like to fill my inbox with mail addressed to "myname" at any of
    the domains that they own. As a result I get over a hundred emails every
    day that are not even addressed to "myname" In "The Bat!" I
    check mail headers at the server with a filter to auto delete any mail not
    addressed to my exact email address. As a result I only actually download
    less than ten emails a day.

    Can TB check and delete/retreive messages on the mail server with filtering
    before download?
    Hadley, Dec 27, 2004
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    Jim Scott Guest

    Set account to download headers only.
    Set filter to delete from pop server or somesuch.
    Jim Scott, Dec 27, 2004
  7. Yes.
    ::..BRIAN..::, Dec 27, 2004
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    Tx2 Guest


    well, there is an option to delete from POP server ... ? Whether that
    means download to local PC and then delete, I know not.
    Tx2, Dec 27, 2004
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    Moz Champion Guest

    Nope, but then neither can OE.

    The Junk Mail Control will catch all those spams not addressed to you as
    well, no need for a seperate filter (that has to be updated to reflect
    new spammers changes) or you can have the 'not me' filter in TB as well.

    TB is a client side product, not a server side one.
    Moz Champion, Dec 28, 2004
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    Joe S. Guest

    What does OE do that I want Thunderbird to do?

    Here are a few of the message rules I have set up in OE, mail:

    -- If the subject line contains any of the following words (and I have
    approx 120 words listed -- breast, penis, enlarge, you are a winner, pics,
    hot teens, lottery, work at home, mortgage, credit card, rate, lowest,
    prescriptions, viagra, etc., etc., etc.), then, delete from the server.

    -- If the from line contains (and I have a list of family e-mail addresses),
    then move the message to Family e-mail folder and stop processing rules.

    -- If the from line contains (anyone in my address book), stop processing
    rules (and let the message go into the Inbox).

    Can Thunderbird do any or all of these?

    Joe S., Dec 28, 2004
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    Neon Knight Guest

    Well, I have 6 email accounts set up, all set to global inbox. If I want
    to label friends/family, etc, I have to set up a separate filter for
    each account. There isn't an easy way to copy filters for each account
    (you can copy the filter file but that's just a workaround.) The "local
    folders" filter only works manually, not on incoming mail. Also, if I
    have 10 email addresses set up to label and I want to delete one of
    them, there is no way to delete just the single entry, unless it's the
    last one in the list.

    Eudora and Courier have a much better filter system.
    Neon Knight, Dec 28, 2004
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    Tx2 Guest

    I just managed to do it .... you simply click to highlight the entry to
    remove, and then click "fewer"
    Tx2, Dec 28, 2004
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    Neon Knight Guest

    Try again. It does not delete the highlighted entry, it deletes the last
    one in the list.
    Neon Knight, Dec 28, 2004
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    Tx2 Guest

    Correct. I hadn't noticed. One for the "wish list" then.
    Tx2, Dec 28, 2004
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    Ian Guest

    I have some Local Folder filters that I would like to have work for a
    specific account. It appears that I have to re-create the filters for
    the account manually. Is there a way to copy Local Folders filters to a
    specific account?
    Ian, Dec 28, 2004
  16. Yes.
    ::..BRIAN..::, Dec 29, 2004
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    Ed Mullen Guest

    You can copy the "msgFilterRules.dat" file to other accounts but you'll
    need to manually adjust the paths in the rules. It's a plain-text file
    you can edit using Notepad etc.
    Ed Mullen, Dec 29, 2004
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    Ian Guest

    Thank you
    Ian, Dec 29, 2004
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