Mail and Rules

Posted:
in Genius Bar edited January 2014
Is Mail meant to apply rules retrospectively? I recently told Mail in Mail>Prefs>Rules to highlight in red all emails from a known sender. But it has only applied this to my most recent emails - I suppose only the ones since I activated the rule. Shouldn't it apply it to ALL? Is there a way to 'fix' this so that it does?

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    go to your old emails and select all, then go to message>apply rules

    that should do the old ones.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    No, Mail doesn't apply rules retroactively. Nor can you set up rules to be 'Manual only' like you can in Eudora, blast it. I like to have my mailing lists sorted on the fly, since they're stored on the same server I get my mail from. My archived personal mail is stored on the home server. If, for some reason, I can get to one but not the other, then I run into serious filtering problems. So... under Eudora, I'd have manual rules that would sort known personal mail into people's folders with a simple Cmd-A, Apply Rules. Now, I can't do that because those rules would sort when the mail came *in*.



    Edit:



    Okay, I feel stupid. I just went back and looked at Mail's Rules in 10.3, thinking that for god's sake there *HAS* to be some way to do this.



    There is.



    Add a criteria that is 'Date Received is greater than n days'. If n > 0, then it won't trigger for any incoming mail, but it will trigger for any mail you select manually that came in before the current day. Not *perfect*, but close.



    D'oh.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    Quote:

    Originally posted by superkarate monkeydeathcar

    go to your old emails and select all, then go to message>apply rules

    that should do the old ones.




    Er, I did what superK says. Its done what I wanted it to. Thanks ppl
  • Reply 4 of 4
    Its all a bit temperamental though - adding and removing rules isn't recognised properly \
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