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10.5: Avoid an unread message count issue in Mail Apps
In 10.5.2, Mail tends to often not show a count for unread emails in folders and sub-folders, especially after a reboot or relaunch caused by a system freeze or crash.

The workaround is very easy: create a new Smart Folder with the only rule being Message is unread. This folder will contain all unread messages from all folders, and also show the name of the messages' parent folder in the Mailbox column. For whatever reason, the Smart Folder count will remain visible and accurate, even after a relaunch of Mail.

[robg adds: I can confirm this problem exists, as just this morning I had to force quit Mail. I had a dozen or so unread messages in various mailing list folders, but none showed as having unread messages after a relaunch. My Smart Folder, though, had an accurate count icon, so I was saved having to dig through the various folders to find the new messages.]
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10.5: Avoid an unread message count issue in Mail
Authored by: Perceval on Apr 07, '08 08:09:44AM

I have an "Unread Mail" Smart Mailbox in Mail, but when I have to force quit the application or the system freezes, this mailbox shows an inaccurate message count too...



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10.5: Avoid an unread message count issue in Mail
Authored by: porkchop_d_clown on Apr 07, '08 09:39:24AM

Actually, I've been having lots of weird problems with unread counts on smart folders. They stay even when the folder is empty, or disappear when there are still unread items. Restarting email is the only way to straighten them out (temporarily).


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10.5: Avoid an unread message count issue in Mail
Authored by: wgscott on Apr 07, '08 11:02:14AM

I just used this idea to mark as read about 4,000 "unread" emails scattered in hundreds of folders. This had annoyed me for years, but not enough to track them down manually. I got rid of the problem with two keystrokes. Thanks!



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10.5: Avoid an unread message count issue in Mail
Authored by: Brajeshwar on Apr 07, '08 11:53:39PM

I thought this was THE WAY to do. I always had "Unread" Smart folder and I show count of this Smart Folder on the Dock!

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10.5: Avoid an unread message count issue in Mail
Authored by: ChrisH3677 on Apr 08, '08 05:13:46AM

If you are using Mail as your RSS reader, you will need a second rule of Mail Type = "Mail"



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