What's New

Thanks for installing quickFilters!
This extension makes it much easier to create new mail filters, by simply dragging emails into folders and let quickFilters do the "heavy lifting" of filling in the sometimes complicated settings in the filter settings. Filters are usually used to move emails to other folders, automatically, so it makes sense to show Thunderbird "what to do" by dragging one typical email manually, rather than filling in all the complicated details.

The Filter Assistant

With this, it is very easy to create new filters very quickly.

It will prefill the destination folder and other relevant fields after you have dragged the email into a different folder in the tree.

  1. Click on the quickFilters button on the main toolbar
    main menu: filter assistant
  2. The button will change depicting a glowing wheel instead of the mail icon and there will be sliding notification:
    filter notification
  3. Drag an email into a folder on the left hand folder tree. This will open the Filter Assistant screen.
    filter wizard
  4. select a template (e.g. "based on Sender") and click [Create Filter...] - in the example I have pulled an email into the QuickFolders folder. See below for a detailed description.
  5. 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, based on the email that you dragged to the folder:
    filter rules
    Since in this case I chose "Based on Sender", it will pull all conversations from and to joe@quickFolders.com into the QuickFolders folder. 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).
  6. Now tweak the filter as usual and click Ok to save it (and try it out in the Filter List)
  7. You can also click Cancel to not create the filter
  8. in the last step Thundebird's list of filters is shown.
    list of filters
  9. You can repeat the process from step 2 to create more filters
  10. When you're done, click the filter button again to disable "Filter Wizard" mode.

Filter Templates

This section describes the different patterns used to create filters based on the dragged email. I will probably add more templates in future, if I get good requests from the users. Simply head over to the bugs section to suggest new templates.

Based on Sender (from)

Probably the most used pattern: this will retrieve the sender's email address and paste it into the from and to filter conditions fields. This way a whole conversation with the sender will be moved to the new folder.

Based on Recipient (to)

Similar to 'Based on Sender': use this when you move an email from yourself to somebody else. This will retrieve the recpient's email address and paste it into the from and to filter conditions fields. This way the complete conversation with the contact will be moved to the new folder.

Mailing List

Similar to Based on Sender, but it doesn't fill the 'to' condition field.

Subscriptions - By Subject [Keyword]

This will look for special "bracketed" expressions, e.g. [amo-editors] or {Mozilla} and create a filter condition based on these; a lot of mass email is set up using this pattern, so it is really easy to use.

By Tags

Uses the tags of the email and adds them as filter conditions.

Mail that's already moved

What if already have moved my Mails to another folder? Chances are that sometimes forget switching on the filter assistant, or we have already moved a lot of mail around manually. In this case the quickFilters version 1.6 now adds a context menu to the message list:
Creating a filter from a moved message
just right-click the mail you want to choose for your filter, and then click on QuickFilters: "Create Filter from Message...". Alternatively, simply select the message and use the "Message" menu.

The Message Filter List

I also created additional functions that I added to the filter list dialog - I created these after it had become a simple thing to create many filters (as the list became too long to handle without the search function).

Message Filters: new features

The biggest new feature here is the addition of a Search box, which allows filtering the number of results

Also you can now move the filter to the top of the bottom of the list. This is actually significant as the order you see on screen is the same as the order in which the filters are executed. This also means, if a filter on the top moves a message from the inbox then the filters below will not get a chance to execute on this message; as the filters are only executed on messages in the inbox, they will simply be ignored. Therefore it is very important that it remains easy to re-order the relative positions of the filters. This also works while the search box is active.

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