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Friday, November 23, 2012, 11:25

Filtering E-mail with Macintosh OS X™

Category: General

Solution ID: 00000196


How can I configure Macintosh OS X to filter spam with PerfectMail Distributed Filtering?


PerfectMail™ can mark spam messages so that your desktop mail client (e.g. Outlook) can filter your e-mail based on PerfectMail's assessment. This information is stored in the X-Spam-Flag and X-Spam-Level e-mail headers. These headers can be used to filter spam with your e-mail client.

To filter e-mail flagged as spam you need to create Filter Rules. Filter rules can automatically file messages in your "Spam" or "Junk" folder. For sites that are particularly concerned about loosing e-mail, or even for specific users, you can have PerfectMail not reject any e-mail and use these filtering rules to filter messages on your local e-mail client.

The steps for creating filter rules are specific to your e-mail client. We have instructions for creating filter rules for several popular e-mail clients. The steps for other e-mail clients are likely very similar to those presented here.

How to Configure Macintosh OS X™ Filters

Macintosh OS X™'s built-in Mail program can create filters based on custom headers.

  1. In the menu bar, click 'Mailbox' then 'New Mailbox' and create the mailbox you want the Spam to end up in.
  2. In the menu bar, click 'Mail' then 'Preferences...'
  3. Click 'Rules' then 'Create Rule'.
  4. Add a description of the rule, then click the 'From' Criteria, then click 'Expert...'
  5. In the Header: field enter 'X-Spam-Flag', click 'Add Header' and 'OK'
  6. Now click 'From' and select 'X-Spam-Flag'. Select 'Contains' in the next box and enter 'Yes' in the third Criteria box.
  7. In the Action section, check 'Transfer to mailbox' and select the desired mailbox. Click 'OK'.
  8. Adjust the rule priorities if you want, and dismiss the Mail Preferences dialog box.
  9. The next time you check your mail, check to see if any messages were automatically filtered into your Spam mailbox!

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Link to this article: kb/macintosh_os_x_email_filtering

Updated: Friday, November 23, 2012, 11:25

-- David Rutherford


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