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1.2       axel.gru   47: 
                     49: <a name='main'></a>
                     50: <h2 class="page-header">QuickFilters</h2>
                     52: <p>This is a new extension of mine that extends some of the new filter behavior already seen in QuickFolders and brings it to the folder tree. 
                     53: It can be used independantly of, or in conjunction with quickFolders.</p>
                     55: <a name='messageFilterAssistant'> 
                     56: <h3>The Filter Assistant</h3>
                     57: </a>
                     58: <p>
                     59: With this, it is very easy to create new filters very quickly. 
                     60: </p>
                     61: <p>I actually invested 2 weeks of work over the last Christmas Holidays in order to write the "Filter Wizard"; this will 
                     62: prefill the destination folder for you after you have dragged the email into one of the folders in the folder tree.
                     63: </p>
                     64: <ol>
                     65:        <li> Click on the quickFilters button on the main toolbar<br/>
1.3     ! axel.gru   66:        <img class="screenshot" src="img/quickFilters-ToolbarButton.png" alt="main menu: filter assistant">
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                     68:        <li>The button will change depicting a glowing wheel instead of the mail icon and there will be sliding notification:<br/>
1.3     ! axel.gru   69:        <img class="screenshot" src="img/quickFilters-Notification.png" alt="filter notification" title="filter notification assistant">
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                     71:        <li>Drag an email into a folder on the left hand folder tree. This will trigger the Create Filter Assistant.<br/>
1.3     ! axel.gru   72:        <img class="screenshot" src="img/quickFilters-Assistant.png" alt="filter wizard" title="filter wizard">
1.2       axel.gru   73:        
                     74:        <li>select a template (e.g. "based on Sender") and click [Create Filter...] - in the example I have pulled an email into the QuickFolders folder.
                     75:        See below for a detailed description.  
                     77:        <li>Next, the Edit Filter dialog is displayed - as you can see it already tries to "guess" what  you want the filter to do when it should be applied, 
                     78:        <u>based on the email that you dragged to the folder</u>:<br/>
1.3     ! axel.gru   79:        <img class="screenshot" src="img/filter-Rules.png" alt="filter rules">
1.2       axel.gru   80:        <br/>Since in this case I chose "Based on Sender", it will pull all conversations from and to <i></i> into the QuickFolders folder. 
                     81:        No need to select the folder (as it has been done automatically) or to enter any condition (this is based on the template that you have chosen).
                     83:        <li>Now tweak the filter as usual and click Ok to save it (and try it out in the Filter List)
                     84:        <li>You can also click Cancel to not create the filter
                     86:        <li> in the last step Thundebird's list of filters is shown. <br/>
1.3     ! axel.gru   87:        <img class="screenshot" src="img/filters-List.png" alt="list of filters">
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                     89:        <li>You can repeat the process from step 2 to create more filters
                     91:        <li>When you're done, click the filter button again to disable "Filter Wizard" mode.
                     92: </ol>
                     94: <a name='templates'> 
                     95: <h3>Filter Templates</h4>
                     96: </a>
                     97: <p>This sectino describes the different patterns used to create filters based on the dragged email. 
                     98: I will probably add more templates in future, if I get good requests from the users. 
                     99: Simply head over to the <a href="bugs.html">bugs section</a> to suggest new templates.
                    100: <br/>
                    101: <h4>Based on Sender (from)</h4>
                    102: <p>Probably the most used pattern: this will retrieve the sender's email address and paste it into the from and to filter conditions fields.
                    103: This way a whole conversation to and from the the sender will be moved to the new folder.
                    104: </p>
                    105: <h4>Based on Recipient (to)</h4>
                    106: <p>Similar to "Based on Sender": use this when you mark an email you have sent yourself to somebody 
                    107: - this will the recpient's email address and paste it into the from and to filter conditions fields.
                    108: This way a whole conversation to and from the the sender will be moved to the new folder.
                    109: </p>
                    110: <h4>Mailing List</h4>
                    111: <p>
                    112: Similar to Based on Sender, but it doesn't fill the to condition field.
                    113: </p>
                    114: <h4>Subscriptions - By Subject [Keyword]</h4>
                    115: <p>
                    116: This will look for special "bracketed" expressions, e.g. [amo-editors] or {Mozilla} and create a filter condition based on these; a lot of
                    117: mass email is set up using this pattern, so it is really easy to use.
                    118: </p>
                    119: <h4>By Tags</h4>
                    120: <p>
                    121: This is a little experimental, but should one day work with tags/labels set by gmail.
                    122: </p>
                    127: <a name='messageFilterList'> 
                    128: <h3>The Message Filter List</h3>
                    129: </a>
                    131: <p>
                    132: I also created additional functions that I added to the filter list dialog - I created these after it had
                    133: become a simple thing to create many filters (as the list became too long to handle without the search function). 
                    134: </p>
                    135: <img src="img/messageFilters-5.png" alt="Message Filters: new features"/><br/>
                    136: <p>The biggest new feature here is the addition of a Search box, which allows filtering the number of results</p>
                    137: <p>Also you can now move the filter to the top of the bottom of the list. This is actually significant as the 
                    138: order you see on screen is the same as the order in which the filters are executed. This also means, if a filter
                    139: on the top moves a message from the inbox then the filters below will not get a chance to execute on this message;
                    140: as the filters are only executed on messages in the inbox, they will simply be ignored. Therefore it is very important 
                    141: that it remains easy to re-order the relative positions of the filters. This also works while the search box is active.</p>

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