posted this on March 15, 2011 10:29 PM
Message Filters allow you to add automation to your email workflow. When you’re dealing with multiple email accounts and bombarded with messages on a daily basis, filters can help organize, label, mark, and reply to them automatically.
How to create a Message Filter
Creating a message filter is easy. Simply go to Tools | Message Filters, and choose the account to which the filter will apply. Then, click the New... button to create a new filter. The subsequent window should look very familiar to those who have ever created a Smart Playlist in iTunes. Name the filter, choose the search criteria which will narrow down the messages to a select few, and then decide which actions Postbox should perform.
Here is an example of a filter that finds messages sent from Postbox or contains the word Postbox in the subject, and automatically adds a Topic and marks them as a To-Do:
This is how the filter window reads: Match any message that is either from someone using a Postbox email address or mentions Postbox in the title. With those messages, Add the topic “Postbox” and mark them as a “To-Do”.
Now that the filter is created, any messages that come in will be automatically filtered by Postbox. For emails that have already been received, there’s a Run Now button at the bottom of the Message Filters window that will run the filter on the selected folder.
Note: For an explanation of Topics check out this article: