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I need to archive my email, so I can delete it from my smtp server; how can I do this?

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I have already moved the emails to the archive folder. But aren't they just going to be deleted anyway? This has not been clearly explain to me, and has been an ongoing problem.

How do I archive SMTP emails? So that I can still see them in local folders, but they are not on the server, but exist only as their downloaded copies.

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You're confusing the issue slightly by referring to an SMTP server. SMTP is used to send messages; it's not usual to have messages stored on it, nor for them to be visible. If you can see messages on a server, in Thunderbird, then they will be on an IMAP-connected server.

By default, the Archives folders generated by Thunderbird are placed inside the account to which they belong, and in the case of an IMAP-connected server, they will indeed be on the server too. If your objective is to remove them from a server, then you need to store them locally, and in Thunderbird that means placing them in the Local Folders account.

I don't quite understand your final question. If your messages are stored locally, then you effectively have a local archive independent of the server. Whether or not is actually called "Archive" doesn't really make much difference.

My main annoyance with the Archive function is that when it works properly, it can preserve the folder structure. It's hard to get it to do this when you want an Archive under Local Folders.

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OK - Yes!

This is by far the best answer I have seen to this issue I have been having for some time since I switch from POP to IMAP.

Sorry did not mean SMTP but IMAP.

Thank you very much. BIG HELP, for sure. I agree this is notably annoying, that the 'Archive' is essentially pointless.

I will for sure move the msg's in question tp Local Folders.

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Note: if you intend to move emails out of imap account into Local Folders and remove them from server, the only copy will be in Local Folders, so remember to backup your emails.