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Thunderbird and Gmail Synchonization

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I have successfully installed Thunderbird and linked it by IMAP to my Gmail account. All working fine. Mail has all been downloaded. However, I want Thunderbird to always download new mail, but never delete anything, even if it was deleted from within Gmail. This is because Thunderbird will be my archive of everything. Then I will be able to delete old messages from Gmail, and know I still have archived copies in Thunderbird. Can you please tell me how to set this up?

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With IMAP, if you delete from TB or the gmail website, it's deleted from both, as IMAP is a synchronized system. To keep messages permanently in TB, copy them to subfolders of Local Folders, either manually or automatically with a filter. Filters only run automatically on Inbox, but can also be run manually on any other folder such as Sent Mail.

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With IMAP, if you delete from TB or the gmail website, it's deleted from both, as IMAP is a synchronized system. To keep messages permanently in TB, copy them to subfolders of Local Folders, either manually or automatically with a filter. Filters only run automatically on Inbox, but can also be run manually on any other folder such as Sent Mail.

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