not searching Junk? Is There A Fix?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Earendil, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. Earendil macrumors 68000


    Oct 27, 2003
    So, I'm to the point of about 400 junk mail messages a week. Not bad to some people, really bad to others, but no matter because does an incredible job at filtering. I thought was fool proof, until I found out the "search mail" doesn't search the junk mail box.
    With this much junk mail coming in, I don't normally scan my junk mail box with my eyes, instead when I purchase something, or sign up for a new newsletter, I search for the company just to see if anything got junked. I haven't needed to do that because hasn't ever filtered out what I knew was coming, so I never questioned that search never picking anything up. But my dismay, an important email did get junked, search never caught it, and I found it 5 days late.

    I have tried both exact title searches, body searches, and from searches, and all of them turn up negative for things in the junk mail box. Is there a way around there? A patch someplace perhaps? Or should I start scanning the junk mail every so often for emails?


  2. HexMonkey Administrator


    Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    New Zealand
    I haven't found a solution, but I found a couple of workarounds, assuming you are using the Panther version of Mail.
    Firstly, you could create a temporary mailbox called Spam or something, then move everything from the Junk mailbox to the temporary one whenever you do a search.
    Secondly, you could turn off junk mail filtering and instead set up a rule that filters junk mail to your own 'Junk' mailbox. You'd be able to search that, and you wouldn't need any extra mailboxes.
    Finally, if you know what mail to expect and suspect it may be marked as junk, you can change the junk mail filtering rules by clicking the 'Advanced...' button in the Junk Mail section of the Mail preferences.

    Hope it helps. :)

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