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Setting up a Filter


How to create an email filter in Thunderbird:

Thunderbird can be configured to sort emails automatically without your intervention if you set up email filters.  Email can be filtered by numerous criteria: subject, from, to, body, date, etc...  Setting up a filter is a straight-forward process.

By way of example:

This document will show you how to set up an email filter based upon the occurrence of a specific word in the Subject of an email.  Since all filters are similarly constructed, you can use this example as a frame of reference for other types of filters.

In this example, let’s create a filter such that any time the word UEPR occurs in the Subject of an email, that email will be automatically placed in a designated folder upon receipt.


Identify/locate/make the folder that will receive the filtered mail:

  1. In this example, since the filter pertains to UEPR, let's make a new folder under your Eudora Mail folder called UEPR.
  2. In Thunderbird's list of email folders on the left hand pane, right click Eudora Mail and select New Subfolder.
  3. Type UEPR in the Name field.
  4. Click the OK button .

Create the email filter :

  1. Click on Tools and select Message Filters
  2. Click on the New button.
  3. Provide a name for the filter in the Filter name field. Pick a name that makes it easy to identify the purpose of the filter. Since we're looking for email from "UEPR", enter UEPR into the name field.
  4. In the For incoming message that: section:
    • the first drop down box is already set to Subject. In this example, we're filtering by Subject so that setting is correct.
    • the second drop down box is already set to contains. In this example, we're looking for messages that contain UEPR in the subject so that setting is correct.
    • the third drop down box is where you enter what it is you're searching for. In this case, it's the word "UEPR" so enter UEPR
  5. In the Perform these actions: section:
    • the first drop down box is already set to Move Message to. For this example, this is correct.
    • the second drop down box needs to be modified. Click the down arrow and locate the UEPR folder that's listed under Local Folders and select it.
  6. Click the OK button.


The next time you receive an email with UEPR in the Subject, that email will automatically go to your UEPR folder unbeknownst to you. Filters can simplify things but, depending on what you are filtering, you may need to check specific folders on occasion or you will miss out on timely content.