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    Nov 14, 2007
    Apple Mail proper way to use Smart Mailbox Filters or use different method?

    I have a friend that has 3 email addresses. I tried to create a smart mailbox for the purpose of being able to access all the emails he sent to me.

    I created a smart mailbox, but the only boolean it provides is ANY and ALL for messages. The smart mailbox name is called phil.

    I put in 3 filter rules, one for each email address. It basically said FROM - Contains - and his email accounts.

    The problem with this is the smart mailbox shows me each message 3 times.

    1. Once from "Inbox"
    2. Again from "Inbox - Gmail"
    3. and again from "phil"

    I can't for the life of me figure out the proper way to only show the emails from one location instead of the 3 shown above.

    It would be great if I could have added "Any", "ALL","NOT", "OR" type Booleans lol.

    Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Thank you.

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    chas_m's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    "Any" in smart mailbox lingo = boolean OR, so:

    "From" "Is Equal To" (type in Phil's exact email address #1) PLUS
    "From" "Is Equal To" (type in Phil's exact email address #2) PLUS

    Result: smart mailbox will have any email from any of those three addresses

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    Collin Bl's Avatar
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    Apr 07, 2009
    Napier NZ
    27 iMac i5, MBP 13 & iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S
    Go to Mail > Preferences > Rules then he/you can set up quite a few criteria there and have select emails go into a Newly named mailbox.

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