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Part 8. Getting Online > Creating a Smart Mailbox

Creating a Smart Mailbox

Select Mailbox, New Smart Mailbox.

Type a name for the mailbox.

Choose criteria for which messages should be sorted into the mailbox.

Click + to add criteria.

INTRODUCTION

Like smart groups in Address Book, smart mailboxes in Mail are maintained by your Mac. After you determine the criteria for a message's inclusion in a smart mailbox, the Mac takes over to sort messages into that mailbox as you receive new mail. Because messages can exist in both a regular mailbox and a smart mailbox, smart mailboxes don't interfere with your usual filing scheme.


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What's It Good For?

Use smart mailboxes to track messages related to a particular project or from people who share a company or ISP. For example, you can have Mail sort all messages about your upcoming Flamingo Party into a smart mailbox.


Select All or Any from the pop-up menu to determine whether messages must meet all the criteria or any single criterion.

Click the box labeled Include Messages from Trash to file messages that are currently in the Trash folder.

Click the box labeled Include Messages from Sent to file messages you send along with ones you receive.

Click OK to create the smart mailbox.


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