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How do I setup Thunderbird for spam filtering?updated 07/02/2009 2:33 PM | Print | Edit | History

  1. Go to the Tools menu and click on “Message Filters…”

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  1. 2. On the window that pops up, click “New…” to create a new message filter for spam.
  • NOTE: If you have an old spam filter set up that filters on “X-Spam-Status” please delete it here.

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  1. Give the filter a name (such as “Spam”) and click on the down arrow of the dropbox that currently says “Subject”. Find “Customize…” at the bottom of the list and click on it.

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  1. In the pop-up window, under “New message header:” type

  X-Spam-Flag 

  1. Click on the “Add” button next to it, and it will move it to the box below. Click OK.

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  1. If it doesn’t automatically change the first drop-down box to “X-Spam-Flag” that you just added, click on the arrow again and choose it from the list.
  2. In the 3rd box, type “YES”

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  1. Click the checkbox next to “Move to Folder” and select the folder that you want to move spam to. Click “OK”

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  1. Your new filter should show up in the list now – you can close the window and you’re done!

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