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robbyx
 
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Post Posted November 16th, 2017, 11:41 am

The filter is set up to:

apply when getting new mail/ manually run/ archiving

Matching all of:
Tags is delete

Perform:

Mark as read
Delete Message

The problem:
The filter does not delete messages when getting new mail. (It does delete if I run it manually.)

I would like it to work automatically. What should I do?
Robin

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Post Posted November 17th, 2017, 12:43 pm

Where is that tag coming from? Do you have another filter that adds the tag before the filter for deletion?

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Post Posted November 19th, 2017, 2:52 pm

I add the tag manualy as I go through the inbox.
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Post Posted November 19th, 2017, 2:55 pm

The filter does not delete messages when getting new mail.

That would be because filters run automatically only on messages newly received to the inbox. The messages you have manually tagged are, obviously, not newly arrived messages.

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Post Posted December 1st, 2017, 4:17 pm

In the filter setup there is the choice to run the filter when new mail is received. This means that the filter should run on all messages matching the criteria, but it will only run when new mail is received. There are many sites that suggest applying a filter to move tagged emails after they have been received. For some reason my emails are not being moved. With respect I doubt if the reason is that the tagged mails were received on a prior date, but I do not know why the filter is not working correctly. What else can i do?
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Post Posted December 2nd, 2017, 5:10 am

With respect I doubt if the reason is that the tagged mails were received on a prior date,

You are certainly welcome to doubt it but that is the way that Thunderbird's filters work. Unless the messages are new to the inbox, filters will not run automatically against them but most be manually triggered.

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Post Posted December 2nd, 2017, 10:34 am

But why do you want to tag messages then hope for a filter rule to delete them? Why not delete them directly? If you select a message and press on the “Delete” key of your keyboard, the message will be sent to the Deleted messages mailbox.
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Post Posted December 5th, 2017, 4:42 pm

I was following advice about how to set up GTD within TB. There are other filters running within that scheme. I chose to ask about delete. The author said he found it easier to allocate tags than to make individual allocations including delete.
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Post Posted December 5th, 2017, 4:45 pm

DanRaisch wrote:
With respect I doubt if the reason is that the tagged mails were received on a prior date,

You are certainly welcome to doubt it but that is the way that Thunderbird's filters work. Unless the messages are new to the inbox, filters will not run automatically against them but most be manually triggered.


Obviously your reply is more correct than my contention, and I appreciate your explaining why. Thank you.
Robin

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