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How do I create a rule that directs incoming emails to a specific folder

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In Outlook (Hotmail) I can direct incoming emails into folders I have created on the side bar. How can I do this in Thunderbird. Cheers

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You could place all those people into an address book of their own and filter on the contents of the address book.

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Tools > Message filters or Menu icon > Message filters

Make sure the 'Filters for' is the correct account. Click on 'New' button.

give filter a suitable name. Apply filters when: Select: 'Manually run' and 'Getting new mail' Select: 'Filter before Junk classification' or Filter after Junk classification' as required.

If you have one condition or want all conditions to be True: select: 'Match all of the following'

If you have two or more conditions and any, but not necessarily all conditions to be true: select 'Match any of the following'

enter condition such as: 'FROM' and 'IS' and 'the email address' or 'SUBJECT' and 'CONTAINS' and 'type the word(s)',

to add another condition click on the small + on the right side.

Perform these actions: 'Move message to' and select the account and folder click on OK

then make sure the filter is enabled.

note: fiters run from top downwards, so if the first filter has acted and moved an email, the second filter will not pick it up as the email is no longer in the Inbox.

Filters auto run on the Inbox. You can run them on other folders but only manually.

I would advise you set up the Filter log to work. It is not necessary to have it running, but I have found it useful in the past. Click on 'filter log' a 'filter Log' window opens, select 'enable the filter log' option. click on 'Close'.

The filter will now run each time you get new mail in Inbox.

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Thank you for your response it was very helpful. I want to filter emails from friends into a specific folder, for example friends who are members of a sporting club. Do I have to type in their individual email addresses into the filtering tool.

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You could place all those people into an address book of their own and filter on the contents of the address book.

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Matt how do I edit the rule I set up for incoming mail

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Tools menu > Message filter and select the account in the dialog.

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In 'Message Filters' select the filter rule and click on 'Edit' If you have put all names into a separate address book 'FROM' and 'Is in my address book' and select the name of the address book