.Mail Rules - do they do anything?

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  1. shuurajou macrumors regular

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    I'm used to using outlook at work and creating a set of folders, in which I enter if and e-mail comes from 'bla@bla.com' put it into 'this' folder. However, when I've done this in mail, although the rule appears perfect - it in-fact does nothing? Any idea's?
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That *is* what the rules are supposed to do. I have several of these rules set up that I use regularly, and they do work. So hmmm, we should be able to figure out why yours do not. First of all, there should be a rule in there for Apple mail, that Apple presets for you. :rolleyes: It should turn mail from Apple blue in the header list. Does this rule work?
     
  3. shuurajou thread starter macrumors regular

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    The apple one works without fault (as expected). I have posted a screenshot below.

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  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Try changing the type for each constraint from "equals" to "contains." As I remember, I think I also could not get them to work reliably with "equals," but I have full e-mail addresses in fields using "contains" and they work fine, oddly enough.

    BTW: there's an extra localhost/ at the beginning of your image URL that prevents it from working (but I figured it out). :)
     
  5. shuurajou thread starter macrumors regular

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    And as if by magic, everything started working - thanks for that buddy! *notes to self; contains, not equals*.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    One would expect it to make sense, and yet it doesn't at all! :D

    EDIT: Actually, I think I *can* explain it. If you have a friend whose name is Friend Ofmine, and whose e-mail address is friend@gmail.com, then his e-mail appears in the header as:

    "Friend Ofmine <friend@gmail.com>" or something like that.

    So it contains "friend@gmail.com" but doesn't equal it. I think that's why it doesn't work. Equal might work if you copy and paste a bubbled e-mail address from a message (one that Mail already processed, so that it appears in a shaded oval). But contains is safer. :)
     
  7. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    You didn't make some rules, then expect them to auto-apply to existing messages in your inbox, did you? If that's the case, select the message(s) you want the rules to affect, then choose Message->Apply Rules from the menu bar.
     

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