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Apple Mail: How to Sort Incoming Messages Into Folders

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Hello ~  In Apple Mail (OS X 10.5.8) how can I sort incoming messages into "On My Mac" folders?  Anything similar to "organize" in Outlook?
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It sounds like you want to use Mail Rules. These rules perform actions on incoming messages, such as changing a highlight color behind the message, or filing the message into a folder.

As an example, these steps will create a mail rule to file messages from jsmith@somewhere.com into a folder named "Smith Messages." These instructions assume this folder already exists.

  - Click the Mail menu, then click Preferences.
  - When the Preferences window opens, click the Rules icon on the tool bar.
  - Click the Add Rule button.
  - In the Description field, type "File Smith Messages"
  - Set Conditions to [From] [is equal to] jsmith@somewhere.com
  - Set Perform the following actions to [Move message] to mailbox [Smith Messages]
  - Click the OK button.
  - Mail asks if you want to apply this rule to messages already in your Inbox. Clicking the Apply button will move already-received messages from jsmith@somewhere.com into the Smith Messages folder. Clicking the Don't Apply button will leave already-received messages from jsmith@somewhere.com in your Inbox.
  - Close the Preferences window; you're done creating a Mail Rule.

I hope this answers your question.

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Bryan Vines
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Perfect!  Thank you, Jacob
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