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delete IMAP computer based folder

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Hello, I have one question I wasn't able to find the answer to. What happens if I delete the IMAP folder I have stored on my computer? My e-mail address is configured as IMAP, therefore if I delete the local folder from my computer, they won't be deleted from the server as well, right? I need to clean up my computer as I am running out of storange space and this would be the solution for me as I have approx 80GB of locally stored e-mails. I just want to be sure those e-mails won't be deleted from the server as well. Thank you in advance, Oana

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if you delete a folder in an imap account in Thunderbird, it will be deleted on the server (the account is synchronized)

If you go to account settings and under synchronization and storage uncheck the option to "Keep messages in all folders for this account on this computer then storage used will significant reduce.

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Hello Matt! Thank you for your prompt reply. I think i didn't explain myself well. I don't want to delete a folder from thunderbird, but from my computer. Doing a storage scan I found out there is an IMAP folder based on my Mac. That is the folder I want to delete, the one from THE COMPUTER, not the folder in my thunderbird account. Hope this makes sense. Looking forward to your reply, Oana

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Perhaps you don't understand... deleting folders from the Thunderbird profile will result in them being recreated as soon as you run the software. Although I really have no idea what would happen if you deleted the entire imap structure... probably Thunderbird would refuse to run, or it would be recreated. All I can assure you is it is not something I would do and expect a simple recovery.

What is in Thunderbird's profile is ON THE COMPUTER. Meddling in there is most unlikely to result in anything even resembling a satisfactory result. I gave you a method to reduce the local storage used by that folder, but you are still focusing on something that you should not touch.

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Hello Matt, Thank you for your reply. I did what you suggested (unticked the Keep messages in all folders for this account on this computer). I did restart the computer and it seems the email folder it stills occupies space on my computer. I am attaching you a screenshot for an easier reference. What should be the next step in order to free thos 75GB of space from my computer? Thank you in advance, Oana

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