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I like to BCC myself in all my replies so that it shows the entire chain of messages in my Inbox (Account Properties -> Copies and Folders -> "Bcc these email addresses").

But I dont like to receive them as new unread messages that ping me on arrival. Is there a way I can mark those messages automatically as read?

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You should create a "Filter" (see the tools menu).

Set filter criteria to check for both the sender and the Bcc headers the sender containing your address and the action to mark as read. You could also then add a second action to file it in a folder.

However, there is also a different way to achieve this. Under "Copies & Folders" in the Account Settings, you can save a copy of sent mail in any folder you like including the inbox - indeed, this is what I do. These saved copies are automatically stored as "read".

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You can't filter on Bcc on incoming messages. Bcc by it's nature doesn't include a "Bcc" line in the message header; that would defeat the point of Bcc. Seems to me that filtering on sender (being yourself) should be sufficient. –  Jonathan J Sep 27 '12 at 21:38
    
Oops, good spot! Yes, you are right. My second option is still best though as long as you don't want to do something else at the same time. –  Julian Knight Sep 27 '12 at 21:44
    
Your second option works, but also this: under "copies and folders", there is an option "Place replies in the folder of the message being replied to". just fyi. –  KVM Sep 28 '12 at 4:09
    
Ah yes, I didn't bother to mention that but I do use it. I much prefer to have everything together. –  Julian Knight Sep 29 '12 at 8:50
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