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Does pulling email from gmail download the spam folder also?

I want to user mozzila's email client to backup my gmail emails.

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If you are talking about POP email, it will only download messages from your Gmail Inbox (and Sent Items).

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Gmail POP retrieval will also download messages from the Gmail Sent Mail folder/label. – arathorn Aug 24 '09 at 21:40
Good point. I don't use POP anymore, IMAP is so much better. – The How-To Geek Aug 24 '09 at 21:43
@THTG: Yep, and the web interface is better than both. ;) – arathorn Aug 24 '09 at 21:46
That's also a good point. I only use IMAP on my phone. – The How-To Geek Aug 24 '09 at 21:48

If you used IMAP instead, and enabled the Advanced IMAP in the Labs section then you could choose not to download the spam folder.

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for using Tbird with gmail, best to use these addons: use all 3 for the full gmail experience in TTbird

also under settings in gmail, you can further play with imap settings, and there's a lab feature to let you customize it even more

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To directly answer your question, no - Gmail will only download items in your inbox over POP. I personally have never seen it download items in your sent - but I never used the web interface to send email, so all my sent items would be in my sent items folder.

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