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4.6.6   Changing the Name of the Spam Mailbox

You can change which mailboxes SpamSieve uses to store your spam.

  1. Change the mailbox where SpamSieve moves incoming spam messages:
    • If your preferred mailbox does not exist yet, simply rename the Spam mailbox in Mail by selecting it and choosing Rename… from the Mailbox menu. The SpamSieve rule in Mail’s preferences should automatically update to reflect the new mailbox name.
    • If your preferred mailbox already exists, open the SpamSieve rule in Mail’s preferences and select that mailbox from the pop-up menu.
  2. Change the mailbox for manually trained spam messages, i.e. when you use the SpamSieve - Train as Spam command:
    1. Choose SpamSieve - Change Settings from Mail’s Message menu.
    2. When prompted, enter the new mailbox name. This does not have to be the same name as in Step 1. If a top-level mailbox with this name does not exist, SpamSieve will create one when you train a message as spam.
  3. If you are using the Apple Mail - Remote Training, Apple Mail - SaneBox, or Apple Mail - Server Junk Mailbox script you may want to modify the top of the script to tell it to use your new mailbox name.

Example 1: Spam Mailbox at the Top of the List

You can put a space at the beginning of the mailbox name so that it sorts to the top of the list. Mailboxes can also be dragged and dropped to reorder them in Apple Mail, although this does not affect the order on other devices the way renaming does.

Example 2: Putting Spam in the Trash

Some people like to enter Deleted Messages in Step 2 so that messages trained as spam are moved directly to the trash. This is safe because you know for sure that those messages are spam. Incoming spam messages can still go to the Spam mailbox selected in Step 1 so that you can review them.

It is also possible to select the trash in Step 1 so that incoming spam messages go directly to the trash. Some people like this because Mail has a setting (Preferences ‣ Accounts ‣ Mailbox Behaviors) to automatically delete old messages from the trash. However, if you do this, make sure that you periodically check to make sure there are no good messages in the trash. Not only would you lose such messages if you don’t correct all the mistakes, but SpamSieve would also incorrectly learn that they are spam, leading to more mistakes in the future.

Example 3: Putting Spam in the Junk Mailbox

Please see the Automatically Deleting Old Spam Messages section.

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