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Folder using Apple MAIL as IMAP

Hi all - I just switched from an open-source mail reader to Apple MAIL. I am confused about all the folders on the Left NAV bar ... I have 3 Mail Accounts (lets call them A, B, and C).
Moving down the Left NAV, I have Inbox with mail folders A & B & C ... all good so far.
THEN I have a SENT Folder with A & B & C subordinate to it ... again all good ... I want to store all folders on the Server, remember we're talking IMAP not POP email).
THEN I have a Single Trash Folder (all good) THEN I have my "On My MAc" Folder(s) (Still all good)
NOW I GET CONFUSED ... UNDER THAT I HAVE A FOLDER FOR "A" WITH ONE "TRASH" FOLDER AND ONE FOLDER LABELED "DELETED MESSAGES" ... THEN THE SAME FOR "B" AND FOR "C" ....SO COUNTING "TRASH" and "DELETED" FOLDERS (not sure what the difference is) I HAVE SEVEN (7) TRASH FOLDERS FOR MY 3 EMAIL ACCOUNTS.
Does anyone have the explanation why and/or how to change this? Or should I just ignore all these "Trash" bins?
(I have Apple MacBook Pro, Lion OS/X, Latest MAIL app)
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bleggee
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Mac2010Commented:
Not really, that's Apple's mysterious way of auto-organizing email folders, when you're using IMAP.

To avoid confusion; you're talking about folders below the "On my Mac" folder? Those are the folders as the Mail app has found on the respectively IMAP servers. They may have different names (like Deleted Messages/Folders) than the folders the Mail app creates.

One way to reduce the number of email folders is probably to limit the number of folders you create on the IMAP servers and to choose to store some of the mail consistently on the mail server (Gmail doesn't like that) or local. Those settings are found in /Mail/Preferences/Accounts/(account Name)/Mailbox Behaviors/

A thing I noticed is that -I have 3 IMAP accounts too- when you only have a "Inbox" and "Sent" for that account (as I have myself; this should be the default) tha mailbox doesn't show seperately in the lower section of the list of mailboxes. Or at least in my case...

Hope this helps.
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Mac2010Commented:
> Or should I just ignore all these "Trash" bins?

I forgot to address this question. Yes, please ignore it -as I do myself- unless there are technical problems.
There is a good chance you will see something similar with the "Junk" folders. In some cases the email server will put messages in it's own Junk-mailbox, and in other cases your Mail app will do that.
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bleggeeAuthor Commented:
Thanks ! Yes, based on your advise I went back to "Inbox & Sent" only ... then manually deleted the "Trash"s that it would let me ... then just "Hid" everything below the "On My Mac" line. Looks much better now. :-)
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Mac2010Commented:
Thanks for the points! One more thought on the non-showing IMAP folders I mentioned above. I think that will only work if your ISP does not (automatically) create "Junk" and "Trash" folders in your mailbox, like when you also have webmail access. They all have their own mail systems.
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bleggeeAuthor Commented:
With IMAP, it sound like you get a "superset" of whatever folders are created on the Sercer by any/all the Email Readers that you  use to access it ...
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