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How can i delete messages on pc and keeping the copy on gmail

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Dear supporter, To use thunderbird happily i try to configure it that it shows new messages but doesn't store too much on my pc. With all the delete options i don't know if thunderbird will also delete all messages on my gmail account. I tried to change the default archive folder, or local folder on a different hd but there is still a big chunk of emails on my main drive. This main drive is to full because of all the emails stored and I don't want to loose them. With the local folder disk space options there are options to not delete or delete say everything but... Is this also deleting originals on gmail? I can not find any satisfying answer anywhere for this. Also on the synchro and storage setting page i checked the box synchro the most recent 15 days, but still have a list till 2007. The other option on synch and storage to recover disc space is deleting all but... ,delete messages older than ..days. Are these options deleting originals on gmail to? I run the newer version 0f TB52.9.1 on mint17. I do like to geek a bit but i geek more in tangible material and fucking up my email history makes me anxious for taking proper steps. I couldn't find any settins listing to give a better overview on my personal settings and show where i can change the settings. I hope it is an easy problem to solve and thanks already for the help!

Dear supporter, To use thunderbird happily i try to configure it that it shows new messages but doesn't store too much on my pc. With all the delete options i don't know if thunderbird will also delete all messages on my gmail account. I tried to change the default archive folder, or local folder on a different hd but there is still a big chunk of emails on my main drive. This main drive is to full because of all the emails stored and I don't want to loose them. With the local folder disk space options there are options to not delete or delete say everything but... Is this also deleting originals on gmail? I can not find any satisfying answer anywhere for this. Also on the synchro and storage setting page i checked the box synchro the most recent 15 days, but still have a list till 2007. The other option on synch and storage to recover disc space is deleting all but... ,delete messages older than ..days. Are these options deleting originals on gmail to? I run the newer version 0f TB52.9.1 on mint17. I do like to geek a bit but i geek more in tangible material and fucking up my email history makes me anxious for taking proper steps. I couldn't find any settins listing to give a better overview on my personal settings and show where i can change the settings. I hope it is an easy problem to solve and thanks already for the help!

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re :Also on the synchro and storage setting page

This tells me you are using an imap mail account. For Imap mail accounts all emails are stored on the server. Imap mail account see a remote view of what is on the server. The folders in imap gmail account in Thunderbird are in effect one and the same as the server which you can also see if you logon to webmail account via a browser. Anything you delete from an imap mail account using gmails imap trash folder will get deleted off server. Delete actions in imap mail accounts do effect emails stored on server. It sounds as if you are downloading full emails, so keeping a copy in Thunderbird profile folder which means you would be able to read them even in offline mode.

re :i checked the box synchro the most recent 15 days, but still have a list till 2007. Yep, that means it would only synchronise the last 15 days. It does not mean you would only see the last 15 days. Because you have already downloaded emails since 2007, they cannot be simply deleted from the Inbox otherwise they would get deleted off the server. Remember, the folders are one and the same.

What you can do is to stop downloading full emails. Only download the headers. Then when you select to read an email , it is retrieved from the server and stored in a temp folder on computer - not in Thunderbird- to faciliate viewing. This keeps size down on computer.

  • Right click on gmail imap mail account in Folder Pane and select 'Settings'
  • select 'Synchronisation and Storage'
  • uncheck: 'Keep messages for this account on this computer'
  • click on 'Advanced' button
  • Only check the checkboxes for folders and subfolders which you want to synchronise and download full emails. If you want to stop this altogether, then uncheck every checkbox for folders and subsfolders. Then only headers are downloaded.
  • click on 'Ok'
  • Click on 'OK'

Exit Thunderbird. Wait a few moments and restart Thunderbird.

Full info here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/imap-synchronization#w_configuring-synchronization-and-disk-space-usage


Has this helped with your profile folder size ?

re :''Also on the synchro and storage setting page'' This tells me you are using an '''imap''' mail account. For Imap mail accounts all emails are stored on the server. Imap mail account see a remote view of what is on the server. The folders in imap gmail account in Thunderbird are in effect one and the same as the server which you can also see if you logon to webmail account via a browser. Anything you delete from an imap mail account using gmails imap trash folder will get deleted off server. Delete actions in imap mail accounts do effect emails stored on server. It sounds as if you are downloading full emails, so keeping a copy in Thunderbird profile folder which means you would be able to read them even in offline mode. re :''i checked the box synchro the most recent 15 days, but still have a list till 2007. '' Yep, that means it would only synchronise the last 15 days. It does not mean you would only see the last 15 days. Because you have already downloaded emails since 2007, they cannot be simply deleted from the Inbox otherwise they would get deleted off the server. Remember, the folders are one and the same. What you can do is to stop downloading full emails. Only download the headers. Then when you select to read an email , it is retrieved from the server and stored in a temp folder on computer - not in Thunderbird- to faciliate viewing. This keeps size down on computer. * Right click on gmail imap mail account in Folder Pane and select 'Settings' * select 'Synchronisation and Storage' * uncheck: 'Keep messages for this account on this computer' * click on 'Advanced' button * Only check the checkboxes for folders and subfolders which you want to synchronise and download full emails. If you want to stop this altogether, then uncheck every checkbox for folders and subsfolders. Then only headers are downloaded. * click on 'Ok' * Click on 'OK' Exit Thunderbird. Wait a few moments and restart Thunderbird. Full info here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/imap-synchronization#w_configuring-synchronization-and-disk-space-usage Has this helped with your profile folder size ?

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Thanks Toad-Hall! This spreads much more light on the process. Deleting old messages is not an option yet. The one option of only headers is good, if it would be easy to archive afterwards, maybe it is easy? (i don't know). The idea of storing all messages in an archive isn't a bad idea.

So if i have enough space on a different internal hd and migrate everything could solve the main problem. This i tried but didn't go too far, a follow up question is: how to migrate all the data. I made a different profile on the other hd, but didn't know how to copy everything to that profile. Having said that i didn't went into research much yet.

Thanks Toad-Hall! This spreads much more light on the process. Deleting old messages is not an option yet. The one option of only headers is good, if it would be easy to archive afterwards, maybe it is easy? (i don't know). The idea of storing all messages in an archive isn't a bad idea. So if i have enough space on a different internal hd and migrate everything could solve the main problem. This i tried but didn't go too far, a follow up question is: how to migrate all the data. I made a different profile on the other hd, but didn't know how to copy everything to that profile. Having said that i didn't went into research much yet.