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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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