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Hi,

I'm wondering how I can move an email account to a subfolder so I can better organize my email accounts. I have a snapshot of it on my blog here:
http://blog.tutorialref.com/applications/thunderbird-move-email-pop-account-to-subfolder-311.html

The snapshot illustrates what I'm trying to do. I'd like to, for example, organize all my emails according to the domain names. I have several email accounts.

I'm using Thunderbird 3.1.3.

Thank you,
vkimura
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by:Marc Z
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No problem, they are called Message Filters.  
This page has all the info and tutorials on how to set up and use your filters.  As well as alternatives.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Filters_%28Thunderbird%29

If you don't understand something there, please let me know.
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Basically, highlight one of the incoming messages emailed to the pop account you desire, then go to the Menu bar and select Message->Create Filter from Message and set it up the way you desire.

You can only create filters for incoming messages, not outgoing messages.
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However, it sounds more like you want to use one Global Inbox, and for that see
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Global_Inbox
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by:Victor Kimura
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Hi mtz1of4,

I'd like to actually move and have the entire email account under the sub-folder. I wish to delete the email accounts that are outside of the subfolder. My understanding that if I delete the email account that is not in the subfolder then the Message Filters will not work.

For instance, I want to move test@example.com which is set up as a POP email account. When it's set up in Thunderbird it will automatically be created in a the main directory (as /test@example.com where / is represented at the main directory). But I don't wish to have that email account in the main directory. But I would like to have the email account in /example/test@example.com. So,in the end, I would have all the emails from example.com in the subfolder /example/ as:

/example/test@example.com
/example/test2@example.com
/example/test3@example.com

and have another domain otherdomain.com with its own email accounts as:

/otherdomain/test@otherdomain.com
/otherdomain@test2@otherdomain.com

Hope this makes sense.
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by:Marc Z
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Sounds like Global Inbox. If you set them up as using Global Inbox, then you won't need Filters for those accounts.  Have you looked at that page, yet?
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by:Victor Kimura
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I think this is the only solution. I recall setting it up in such a way so that each account was separated within the Local Folder. For instance, when I sent from test@example.com the email was saved in my Sent folder within test@example.com and likewise, drafts in the Drafts folder, junk in Junk folder, trash emails of test@example.com in its Trash folder. But I think it's a limitation of the new Thunderbird 3.1.1
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