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    Using Mail -- integrating mailboxes

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    Using Mail -- integrating mailboxes
    Hi folks,

    I've got all my mail imported from Thunderbird from my PC, and it's all there. However, the initial Mail Inbox and Sent boxes are listed separately. Is there a way to integrate them?

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    Using Mail -- integrating mailboxes
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    Probably not. You could, if you so desired, elect to CC yourself on every outbound mail. They'd then appear in your inbox.
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    Using Mail -- integrating mailboxes

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    Oops, my original message wasn't clear. I don't want to combine inbox and sent -- what I want to do is have ONE inbox (not the original one plus the separate one imported from Thunderbird), and ONE outbox (likewise.)

    Does that clarify?

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    Using Mail -- integrating mailboxes
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    Yes it does.

    I think the easiest way (though I'm sure it's not the only way) is to select the "wrong" inbox, select all messages within it, copy*, select "right" inbox, paste (or drag-and-drop from one to the other). Repeat with the "Sent."

    Finally, delete the "wrong" boxes.

    *you'll notice I said "copy" not "cut." This is just a safety measure in case something goes wrong.

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    Using Mail -- integrating mailboxes

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    Hmmm... In Thunderbird I used to keep my old emails organized in subfolders -- if I copy all the messages in a subfolder and paste them into the Inbox, they're there but I don't see a way to keep them in a subfolder. Whenever I try to create a new mailbox or smart mailbox folder (the only folder option I see), it isn't created as a subfolder of Inbox, but is added to the "On my Mac" section where all the imported mailboxes already are.

    In other words, there seems to be a universal unalterable inbox, sent, junk, etc mailbox (showing at the top left of the mail sidebar), and any other mailboxes I create are put into the separate "On my Mac" section.

    And even though there's ostensibly a "Use this mailbox for..." option, on every mailbox I look at, all the options are grayed out.

    And I don't see anything in the preferences to allow me to set which mailbox to use for inbox, sent, etc.

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    Using Mail -- integrating mailboxes
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    I wish you had specified what you actually wanted the first time.

    Yeah, the inbox (outbox, junk, trash) doesn't get sub-folders. All folders and sub-folders go either in "On My Mac" (meaning local storage) or under a heading with the name of your provider (ie, they're on that server). That way people understand where the mail files *actually* are.

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    Using Mail -- integrating mailboxes

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    I thought I was! Sometimes it takes some back and forth to learn how to articulate what the real problem actually is. I'm not trying your patience on purpose.

    How can I put subfolders under the heading of my ISP?

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