Re: Using Thunderbird filters

Dan Beaver


Just a thought here.

Are you trying it with emails that are coming in after you setup the filter or are you expecting it to work on emails you already have? 

The old Windows Mail used to only work on new emails unless you did some very specific manual things to get it to work on already received emails.

Perhaps this is part of the issue.

Dan Beaver

On 10/26/2017 2:36 PM, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:

Hi, Gene,

I'm sorry. I thought my new rule worked but it didn't and I apologize for my previous post. I was really hoping this would work but it didn't. I've tried everything I know to do but nothhing has worked.


On 10/26/2017 11:27 AM, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:

Hi, Gene,

I didcheck that box and I slightly changed the rule a little bit. This time I went by the subject field and typed the subject of the message and then did the remaining steps for creating the rule. This time it worked.


On 10/26/2017 10:59 AM, Gene wrote:
It sounds as though you generally did things correctly but you probably shouldn't have unchecked the automatically check for new mail check box.  Check it and see what happens.  If you have set things up correctly as far as you know and something doesn't work, try the only thing that might make a difference assuming everything else has been done correctly.  What is it?  It's automatically check for mail.  Have you seen an explanation for what this setting does?  Most likely, it tells the rule to be applied every time you check for new mail.  Unchecking it probably only causes the rule to be run when you manually tell it to run. 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:46 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Using Thunderbird filters

Hi, Gene,


Here are the steps I took to create the rules. I'll use the music list I'm on as an example.


1. I went to tools with alt T and hit f for message filters.

2. I tabbed to the new button and hit the space bar on it.

3. I typed the name for my rule. It's called audioourplace. That's the music list I'm on.

4. I unchecked the box that says "manually check for new messages" or something like that.

5. Next, I tabbed to the box that says "match all of the following" and then tabbed to the combo box and chose the "to" field.

6. I tabbed to the box for "contains". Then I tabbed to an edit box and typed audioourplace@....

7. I tabbed to where you choose a folder. I chose the folder for the music list and hit enter on it.

8. I tabbed to the ok button and hit the space bar on it.

9. When I was taken back to the screen where you'd create a new rule, I tabbed to the run now button and hit enter on it. The filter did work for awhile but then I got new messages from that list in my inbox so I don't know where the problem could be.


I hope these steps explain better what I was trying to do.






From: [] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:25 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Using Thunderbird filters


Then the question is, what is wrong with the rules that don't work?  Are you sure all the lists have what you tell the rule to look for where you tell it to look?  Are you sure the spelling is exactly correct for every item you are using?  I'm not sure what else might account for some of the rules not working. 


It might be that if you wrote out every step for a rule that doesn't work, that someone will be able to find the error.  That is tedious but it may work.  It might be much faster and more likely to find the error to work with someone.



----- Original Message -----

Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:36 AM

Subject: Re: [nvda] Using Thunderbird filters


I created rules for all the lists that I'm on.




On 10/25/2017 5:12 PM, Gene wrote:

What do you mean some other messages from other lists.  If your rule only applies to messages with one list name, then no other messages will be affected.  You need to make a separate rule for every list.



----- Original Message -----


Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:09 PM

Subject: Re: [nvda] Using Thunderbird filters


Hi, Robert,


I already did all that. Some other messages from the other lists are still going into the inbox. I don't know what else to do.






On 10/25/2017 4:07 PM, Robert Mendoza wrote:

subject line is intended to change to avoid confusion of the thread. About your concern for filtering particular message into your inbox in Thunderbird. you have to make sure that your focus is located to the message that is not open yet, then tab several times till the focus is directed in the recipient column. Right click then select Create Filter From. The rest of the filters process is the same as mentioned below by John. Also, make sure you uncheck the filter by manually so that it will run automatically into your corresponding filtered of your choice.

Robert Mendoza

On 10/26/2017 6:36 AM, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:

Hi, John,

Let's say you want to run a filter on a message that comes into the inbox. I've pretty muchcreated the filters but there are messages till coming into the inbox from other lists. How do you run a filter on a message?



On 10/25/2017 3:03 PM, John Isige wrote:

1. Go to the tools menu, pick message filters.

2. Tab to the new button.

3. Fill in whatever rules you want, e.g. from in the combo box, tell it to match nvda.

4. For the next two combo boxes, it will probably be easiest to hit alt-down arrow and expand them. Just pick whatever you like, I move mine to a folder called nvda that I made.

5. To make a folder, just pick folder from the new menu in the file menu, do that before you do a filter if you want to move stuff, because the folder has to exist for you to pick it. If you want the folder in the main account, i.e. another folder like inbox, before you make the folder, highlight your account name with the arrows. If you want everything under your inbox, so you have to hit right arrow to expand folders, highlight your inbox. The difference is that if you highlight the account, you can down arrow, so you'll get inbox, your folder, sent, trash, whatever. If you do it highlighting the inbox, inbox usually starts collapsed and you have to hit right arrow to expand it, then you hit down arrow to get to those folders, you'll go through whatever you made, then you'll get back to sent, trash, whatever.

If that's confusing somehow, feel free to ask questions.

On 10/25/2017 13:26, Rosemarie Chavarria wrote:

Hi, John,

How do you create filters in thunderbird or do you just delete them after reading or replying to them? Outlook is ok but It's a bit clunky.


On 10/25/2017 10:02 AM, John Isige wrote:

Microsoft's various mail programs have always been weird though. I used to use Outlook, the one that came in Office. Then I had to upgrade or migrate machines or whatever. So I exported mail and everything just like you're supposed to. Got everything installed, imported into the new Outlook. Suddenly none of my filtering rules to send messages to specific folders would work. So I literally deleted them all and recreated them from scratch, and they still wouldn't work. That's when I switched to Thunderbird and I've been using it ever since.




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