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4.6.16   Hiding Special Gmail Mailboxes From IMAP

Gmail has some special mailboxes that most users do not want to appear in Apple Mail. This is because these mailboxes contain duplicate copies of messages that are already in your other mailboxes. Additionally, the contents of these mailboxes are not filtered by SpamSieve or other Mail rules. When using Gmail, it is recommended that you hide these mailboxes from IMAP:

  1. In Gmail, click on the gear menu at the top right and select Settings.
  2. Click on Labels (which is next to General at the top of the screen).
  3. In the System labels section:
    1. Uncheck Show in IMAP on the line for Starred.
    2. Uncheck Show in IMAP on the line for Important.
    3. Uncheck Show in IMAP on the line for All Mail.
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