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Use a rule to ignore Gmail spam emails in Mail
Authored by: ikioi on Jun 12, '08 10:46:28AM
Why not just select Googles Spam mail box and then "Mailbox -> Use This Mailbox For... -> Junk" ?

If you use Google's Spam folder, then you also need to use their Trash folder, because if you use their Spam folder without using their Trash folder, then deleting a message in the spam folder in your mail client tells Google that that message is not spam, and that messages like it should not be filtered as spam in the future for you or for others. On the other hand, if you do use Google's Trash folder, then you get other bizarre and counterintuitive consequences, like the fact that deleting a message from one folder causes it to disappear from every folder.

The best way I've found to use Mail.app with GMail is to use GMail's Sent and Drafts folders and custom "IMAP-Spam" and "IMAP-Trash" tags for my Spam and Trash folders. Then Mail.app's "Delete" button essentially becomes Google's "Archive" button, and if you ever want to really delete a message (from all folders including All Mail), then you can drag that message to Google's Trash folder.



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