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3.10   Setting Up Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, or Other Web Mail

SpamSieve works with Web mail accounts, provided that they allow access via POP, IMAP, or Exchange. This includes Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Outlook.com, and most other Web mail providers. Just configure Apple Mail to access your account and then follow the normal SpamSieve setup instructions in the Setting Up Apple Mail section. SpamSieve will then filter your Web mail when Apple Mail is running.

You can train SpamSieve from within Apple Mail. If you use the drone setup, you can also train SpamSieve from your Web browser by moving messages into the special training mailboxes.

See also the How should I configure the junk filter on my mail server? section.

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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