Filtering emails to subdirectories in GMail

I’ve used message filters in Thunderbird a long time and couldn’t really manage without them. I’ve also created filters for GMail mailboxes. But it would be nice to be able to add filtering in GMail itself, so that emails are always sorted regardless of the client I use to read them.

Here’s how:

  1. Create a subdirectory in Thunderbird or other emall client. GMail web interface doesn’t allow you to create a “real” subdirectory – creating a GMail label is not sufficient to make this work.
  2. Create a filter in Gmail web interface: click the down arrow in the search field, add search criteria, choose Create filter with this search.
  3. In the filter options, tick “Skip Inbox” and “Apply the label”, and choose the subdirectory created in step 1.
  4. If you want to filter all emails that already exists in Inbox, tick “Also apply filter to matching conversations.” as well.
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Thunderbird 16.0.2: Account exceeded command or bandwidth limits failure

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) ships with Mozilla Thunderbird 16.0.2. This version of Thunderbird suffers from a bug related to repeatedly downloading IMAP account content. In my case Gmail account returned the
The server returned the error: Account exceeded command or bandwidth limits.
error message daily, and the account remained blocked until the next day. Even when working, reading the Gmail account was painfully slow.

The remedy is to update to Thunderbird version 17.0, not yet included in Ubuntu 12.10, but available in the Ubuntu Mozilla Security Team PPA repository.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird

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