Sep 23, 2021 | Email Conversion

How to Create Rules in Thunderbird - A Complete Guide

By Deepak Singh Bisht


If you receive dozens of emails every day that don't require your immediate attention and you're looking for an easy way to manage these emails or distribute these emails in one folder, then you can set up mail rules.

Most email clients provide the option to set or create email rules. With the help of rules, you can move and respond to email messages automatically. You can also use rules to move messages to folders.

Here we will learn about the Thunderbird message filters and how to set message rules in Thunderbird. If you are a thunderbird user and want to set up rules in Thunderbird, then this post will be helpful for you.

Thunderbird message filter

Thunderbird message filters allow you to organize your messages automatically. Using this, you can move messages to folders, forward them to other email addresses, and delete them. These filters only work when you read or manage your emails in Thunderbird.

How to set rules in Mozilla Thunderbird?

To create rules in Thunderbird, follow the steps below.

  1. Start Mozilla Thunderbird
  2. Create a New Folder
  3. Go to the Tools and select Message Filters.
  4. From Message Filters, click on the New button.
  5. Enter Filter Name and select all checkboxes if required
  6. Choose Match any of the following.
  7. Select Message properties like Subject, From, Body, Date, Priority, Status, To, CC, etc.
  8. Select Condition such as Contains, Doesn't Contain, is, isn't, begins with, and ends with
  9. Enter Keyword, sender id, etc.
  10. To add more filters or conditions, click on the + button.
  11. From Perform these actions, choose any action like Move Message to, Copy Message to, Forward Message to, Mark as Read, Mark as unread, Add Star, Set Priority, etc.
  12. Select a destination folder and click on the OK button.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make emails go to a specific folder in Thunderbird?

  1. Start Mozilla Thunderbird
  2. Go to the Tools and select Message Filters
  3. Click on the New button and provide a Filter name
  4. Select all checkboxes and choose Match any of the following
  5. Enter conditions such as SUBJECT, CONTAINS, and Type the word
  6. From Perform these actions, select Move message to option, and choose a folder
  7. Finally, click on the OK button.

How do I move emails to a folder in Thunderbird?

If you are an Outlook 2016 user and want to open Outlook in Safe Mode, type the following command at the command prompt.

  1. Open Thunderbird
  2. Select emails which you want to move
  3. Right-click on the selected emails and select the Move to option
  4. Select the folder from the list where you want to move emails

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