Fil­ter and search

Just like Hog­wart’s sort­ing hat!

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GMail now of­fers users’ 15GB mail­boxes. Ya­hoo sim­i­larly of­fers 1TB of stor­age space for your mes­sages and at­tach­ments. While this is much ap­pre­ci­ated, the down­side to the vast stor­age space is that peo­ple no longer delete emails. Most email ser­vices now en­able you to archive mails, or per­form a sim­i­lar func­tion such that the In­box is re­served only for im­por­tant mes­sages. This in­evitably leads to mas­sive mail­boxes that hold tens of thou­sands of mes­sages over the years.

As you sub­scribe to more mail­ing lists and add more con­tacts, your mail client should make it pos­si­ble for you to per­form fil­ter­ing op­er­a­tions to au­to­mat­i­cally sort the dif­fer­ent mes­sages into ded­i­cated fold­ers, or ap­ply la­bels for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Just as im­por­tant is the search ca­pa­bil­i­ties, be­cause look­ing for one par­tic­u­lar email from your fa­ther from sev­eral years ago, when he rou­tinely sends sev­eral in a day, can be a daunt­ing ask.

All the clients en­able you to cre­ate dif­fer­ent fil­ters for each con­fig­ured ac­count. You can set these ap­pli­ca­tions to per­form a num­ber of op­er­a­tions such as mov­ing mail to spec­i­fied fold­ers and ap­ply­ing la­bels based on dif­fer­ent con­di­tions such as from, to, header, BCC, sub­ject, size, at­tach­ments, and so on.

When search­ing for mes­sages, Mail­spring pro­vides in­stan­ta­neous re­sults, of­fer­ing match­ing sug­ges­tions even as you type in the search box. You can also use ad­vanced GMail-style search queries with the tool, such as ‘in:un­read’, etc. ClawsMail can be quite slow when con­nect­ing to your ex­ist­ing mail ac­count which al­ready has thou­sands of mes­sages. The search, al­though fast, lags be­hind Thun­der­bird and Mail­spring.

De­spite be­ing on a par with all the other three in terms of speed, KMail’s ‘find mes­sages’ fea­ture is dis­ap­point­ingly un­in­tu­itive.

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