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10.4: Hide certain Mail mailboxes from Spotlight System 10.4
I don't know about you, but I quite like to keep all my old email archived, rather than just trashing it. However, since most of it is Paypal receipts and forum-joining notifications, having these messages pop-up whenever I search for mail using Spotlight (whether it be via Command-Space or using Mail.app's own search box) can be very annoying.

To hide a mailox from Spotlight (and ergo Mail.app's own search), simply go to the Spotlight panel in System Preferences, click on the Privacy tab, and add a folder. Then navigate to your user's Library -> Mail -> Mailboxes folder, and select the mailbox you want hidden (/Archive in my case) and you're done.

I know, this is a simple hint, but not everyone might have thought of it.
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10.4: Hide certain Mail mailboxes from Spotlight
Authored by: syko on Jan 10, '06 07:39:24AM

thanks!!! was tryng to figure that out today!



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10.4: Hide certain Mail mailboxes from Spotlight
Authored by: Gigacorpse on Jan 10, '06 11:49:54AM

When a mailbox is created in Mail, is the name of the directory it correlates to exactly the same? If so, you might be able to create a mailbox named "Archive.noindex" (for example) and have the mail inside of it not show up in searches, since Spotlight ignores folders with a .noindex extension.

(I use GMail, so I can't test this theory.)



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10.4: Hide certain Mail mailboxes from Spotlight
Authored by: vonleigh on Jan 11, '06 02:33:17AM
I don't know if you know this, but you can use gmail with mail.app.

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10.4: Hide certain Mail mailboxes from Spotlight
Authored by: Gigacorpse on Jan 11, '06 06:22:56AM

Thanks. I am aware of it but I haven't found to reason to do so, as Gmail pretty much works the way I like.



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Unfortunately
Authored by: porkchop_d_clown on Jan 11, '06 04:11:07AM

Unfortunately this didn't completely solve my own problem - which was mail.app trying to index every single folder on a huge microsoft exchange server.

There are other work arounds for that particular problem, but not has been completely satisfactory...

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