Getting Started: Filters

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This guide to filtering messages assumes you are up and running.

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This is not a "how to" guide, as each program will have a different setup method. This is more of a general explanatory guide.

Synonyms: Actions, rules.
Alternate meaning: Some take "filter" to mean only "deleting messages on the server."

Filters, if a feature in your e-mail client, allow you to set your client to take various actions on messages automatically: You have to enter criteria so that the e-mail program knows which messages to do what with. Examples of such criteria include: Why use filters?
At first, you may only be receiving a trickle of e-mail, and you either do not need multiple folders in which to store your messages, or you can transfer the messages on your own. But, after a while, you may be getting many messages. I personally find it easier to have Eudora file messages for me. Messages from some people go to mailboxes dedicated to that person. Other mailboxes contain any message sent from the college I went to. A couple of mailboxes catch incoming mail sent to alternate addresses of mine.

Again, this is not meant to be a guide to how to use your program's filters. But as an example of how they work, note a potential conflict: Say I filter all mail from "college.edu" to "college" mailbox. If I also have a later filter for all mail from "joeblow@college.edu" to go to mailbox "Joeblow", that mailbox will be empty! Why? Because Eudora has already filtered that message to the "college" mailbox. Thus I have to make sure that the "joeblow" filter is *above* the "college" filter. As Eudora operates on filters from first to last, this ensures that Eudora will first catch Joeblow's message and transfer it to the "joeblow" mailbox.

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