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4.5   Apple Mail Customization

The following customizations are optional but recommended:


Choose Mail ‣ Settings… and click on General. Change the New messages sound to None so that Apple Mail does not play a sound when spam messages arrive. Change New message notifications to Inbox Only (or to a custom smart mailbox that excludes the Junk mailbox). This will prevent Mail from notifying you when you receive new spam messages. SpamSieve will notify you only when you receive new good messages.

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Junk Mailbox

Click on the Accounts tab of Mail’s Settings window. For each account, if there is a Mailbox Behaviors tab, next to Junk Mailbox, choose the junk or spam mailbox that’s inside your account (not the one under On My Mac). If there are multiple such mailboxes, choose the one that your server junk filter is moving spam messages to. For a Gmail account, this is [Gmail]/Spam. There is more information about this here.

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Download Attachments

Go to Mail ‣ Settings ‣ Accounts ‣ Account Information and set Download Attachments to All for each account. This will speed up filtering by having Mail pre-download the full message data.

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Account Aliases

Tell Mail and SpamSieve about your account aliases, as described in the Why do good messages move to the wrong inbox when trained in Apple Mail? section.

Unread Smart Mailbox

If you have an “Unread” smart mailbox, please see the Why do I see spam messages in my “Unread” smart mailbox in Apple Mail? section for how to adjust it.

Additional customizations are described below:

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