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10.4: Refresh Mail's Smart Mailboxes using AppleScript
Authored by: grinnelljd on Feb 02, '07 08:08:49PM

I take a slightly different approach to this. I let all my incoming email go to my inbox, but I use a number of smart folders to display emails from various parties or on various subjects. The items in the smart folders can be thought of as pointers back to the original emails in the inbox.

I also use a second parameter to restrict the matches to those emails that have been received in the last 30 days. This keeps the lists in the smart folders from growing too long.

The advantage of managing my email this way is I now only need to archive two folders (Inbox and Sent). The smart folders help me to keep tabs on who is sending email to me. It also allows me to be very flexible in the assignment of smart folders as I can trash a smart folder that I no longer need since the actual email remains safe and sound in the inbox.

If I need to locate an email that was received more than 30 days ago (and has since rolled off the smart folder match) I can find it by searching the inbox for matching metadata.

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