- 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
We've gotten everything else organized. We've gotten Mail to play nice with Google. We've even handled our junk mail filtering for our multiple accounts with aplomb and grace. Unfortunately, we've broken something.
People used to Outlook or Thunderbird may not even notice it.
One of the reasons I've stuck with Mail.app despite the myriad (and some would argue better) choices available, is that I could see all of my inboxes, sent mail, trash, etc. in one place if I wished. Or I could break it out by mail account, if I wished. Unfortunately, while my inboxes are still together, my "Sent" mail folders exist in several different folder trees, and so do my junk mail folders.
Enter smart folders.
Create two smart folders - one for "All Junk Mail", and one for "All sent mail," and edit them so they look similar to the picture below:
For the "Sent Mail" smart folder, you need to select the "Sent," "Sent Mail" or other appropriate folder for each of your mail accounts. Do the same kind of thing for your "Junk Mail" smart folder, picking the respective Spam/Junk mail folders for each account.
If you want to look at the junk mail for just one account, you'll still have to go to that set of folders, but now you have a one-stop place to go and see all of your Junk mail, or all of your sent mail, together in one place.