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Archive for September 16th, 2015

by Tom Nelson

It’s easy to create Apple Mail rules that tell the application how to process incoming pieces of mail.

Rules have two components: the condition and the action. Conditions are guidelines for selecting the type of message an action will affect. You could have a Mail rule whose condition looks for any mail from your friend Sean, and whose action is to highlight the message, so you can more easily see it in your inbox.

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Mail rules can do much more than simply find and highlight messages. They can organize your mail; for example, they can recognize banking-related messages and move them to your bank email folder. They can grab spam from recurring senders and move it automatically to a Junk folder or the Trash. They can also take a message and forward it to a different email address. There are currently 12 built-in actions available. If you know how to create AppleScripts, Mail can also run AppleScripts to perform additional actions, such as launch specific applications.

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