- Configuring Mail.app For a Better Gmail Experience, Pt. 1
- Configuring Mail.app For a Better Gmail Experience, Pt. 2 Junk Mail
- Configuring Mail.app For a Better Gmail Experience, Pt. 3 Advanced Junk Mail
- Configuring Mail.app For a Better Gmail Experience, Pt. 4 Smart Folders
In our last article, we saw how to tweak the junk mail filtering built into the Google-based mail services. That still leaves the question - what if we’re using iCloud, or any other non Gmail service?
If you’re not using Gmail at all, then turning on Junk filtering in Mail.app is just a matter of following the directions. Unfortunately, life is not always that easy, especially if you’re still tied to an old email address, or have multiple accounts. In that case, a few modifications are in order.
Fortunately, they’re pretty straightforward.
First, open up the preferences for Mail.app under Mail > Preferences, or simply hit Command-, (comma) while in Mail.app. Then, go to the junk mail tab. Once there, you need to change a few settings so it looks like the picture below. The important part is that you need to have junk mail filtering follow custom rules, and then you need to click the “Advanced…” button to tweak the settings.
Once you select “Advanced…”, you get to to what looks a lot like a custom set of filtering rules. You can mess with these if you want, but all we really need to do is add a rule for each Google-based account.
The logic here is that we want junk filtering to be in effect for every account that doesn’t already provide it (as Google does). So we add a rule for each Google-based account that excludes a message from being filtered if the recipient is one of your Google-based addresses.
Click “+” to add a new rule, and select “To”, “Does not contain”, and fill in the email address of the account you wish to exclude.
Once you’ve done this, the built in Junk filtering will still filter any mail that comes in for a non-Google account, but all the Google accounts that you’ve specified will be left alone.
So we now have multiple sent folders, and multiple junk mail folders. How do we find all of the junk mail in one place, or all of the sent mail?
That’s where smart folders come in, in the last part of this series.