IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol and is the other e-mail protocol along with POP.

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How can I get Thunderbird to check subfolders on IMAP?

I have Thunderbird set up to use my Gmail account through IMAP. All works well and good, except for one problem: I have a group of gmail mail filters set up to redirect mail into different labels ...
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What are the differences between POP3 and IMAP?

Many email providers ask me if I'm interested in using POP3, or IMAP. What exactly are these and when should I consider using them?
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What is 'IMAP+'?

In a new version of Evolution there is an option for an 'IMAP+' server type. What is IMAP+?
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How can I force Thunderbird to reload IMAP folder structure

Whenever I create a new label in my Gmail account, this creates a new IMAP folder. Sadly, that new folder does not show up in Thunderbird unless I restart Thunderbird. This is not specific to Gmail. ...
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How to back up gmail to my computer?

I am using gmail as a part of Google Apps for Domains. I'd like to back up all my email. I've tried setting up IMAP in Thunderbird and it works reasonably well (except it times out way too much, ...
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The best IMAP client for Gmail in Linux [closed]

I'd like to use an IMAP client to have an offline backup and access to Gmail. Now I use mutt, but I am not very satisfied. What is the best IMAP client for Linux to use with Gmail? I want it to be ...
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Thunderbird 3 “Reply to all”, also replies to myself

I have my job IMAP account set up in TB 3.0.3. It's becoming very annoying that in group emails where I'm in the CC or TO list I hit "Reply To All" and I find myself in the recipients list. So when ...
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What does it mean to “subscribe” to an IMAP folder?

I'm using Thunderbird with Gmail IMAP and there's this "Subscribe" option for folders. What does that mean?
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Apple Mail doesn't apply rules unless I choose “Apply Rules” manually

I'm using Apple Mail with IMAP account. I have several filtering rules defined. The problem is that Mail doesn't apply them automatically to incoming email. Even spam isn't filtered automatically. ...
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Retrieve emails from other IMAP accounts in Gmail *automatically* [closed]

I'd like to retrieve emails from other IMAP accounts (they can not be accessed via POP) automatically in Gmail. I know you can manually copy from one IMAP account to another and there are even IMAP ...
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Outlook 2013 IMAP synchronizing every second + error 800CCC0F-0-0-560

I've configured an IMAP account in Outlook 2013 which, at first, behaves just fine. It syncs the inbox and fetches about 2mb of messages. New messages arrive promptly in the inbox, all seems well. ...
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The simplest way to set up a secure, IMAP, email server? [closed]

I would like to get rid of Google as an email provider, and set up a complete email solution on my dedicated server. The issue: I wish the setup to be as simple as possible, so that it wouldn’t be a ...
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Where can I get POP/IMAP settings for Windows Live Domain emails

I have setup email for my custom domain using Windows Live Domains. I then upgraded from the Hotmail interface to the new Outlook.com interface. I cannot seem to find the POP/IMAP settings to connect ...
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How can I force Thunderbird to re-download a corrupted message from the IMAP server?

I have a mail message that is corrupted in Thunderbird, but correct on the IMAP server (which is Gmail). Is it possible for me to tell Thunderbird to discard its copy and re-download it from the ...
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GMail, IMap and Outlook: Speeding it up?

I finally set up Outlook to use GMail and IMAP, but unfortunately, it's extremely slow. The reason, I think for this is because I have 14300 emails in my inbox. And I have no intention to delete ...
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Fetching e-mails into Redmine via IMAP

I'm trying to fetch e-mails into Redmine via IMAP. The e-mails I'm generating look like this: FooBar Ltd 123456 http://example.com/Foobar-Ltd-123456.html Project: backend Tracker: Dataerror ...
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Outlook 2013 + Gmail leads to many messages in drafts even after it is sent

I've added my Gmail to Outlook 2013 via IMAP. Now whenever I compose an email, if I let it wait for a while, it saves a copy to my IMAP drafts folder. However, when I send the message, the message ...
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Backup Gmail using Mail.app and IMAP without redundancy

I don't care for actually using mail app. I use it just for offline access, for eventual quick reading and even more eventually replying. I use mostly the gmail interface. So I've setup and tuned up ...
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Yahoo IMAP Spam folder not recognized by Outlook 2007

Yahoo uses the name Bulk Mail for it's spam folder, when connecting via IMAP. However, Outlook 2007 by default uses the name Junk E-mail. So whenever I connect to my Yahoo email account with ...
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How to - one email address checked by two users

Which protocol should be used when two users (separate computers) want to check one email account - POP3 or IMAP? The problem is when one user deletes an email because they check it but the other ...
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How to backup mail with imap, and how do I read it later?

I have a couple of different mail accounts that I use for different stuff, and all can be accessed with imap (even thou I use webmail a lot). The question is if there is a way to download and backup ...
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Remove 'Outlook Data File'

I use Outlook 2010 to connect to two different gmail hosted email accounts, but do not use the default Outlook account. Is there a way for me to delete the 'Outlook Data File'? Nothing will ever be ...
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Transferring lots of messages between IMAP accounts

I have to move many, many emails (over a thousand) from an old IMAP hosting provider to a new IMAP hosting provider. I know I can just set up the old and new accounts in Thunderbird and drag and drop, ...
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IMAP on Mail.app, and Gmail questions

I recently setup my gmail account with IMAP on my email account. Unfortunately, I now have a stubborn white folder called [Gmail] that contains all of gmail's folders. I can't get rid of them, or ...
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Manually accessing GMail via IMAP

I'm trying to connect to gmail imap, but I am unable to execute any commands after login. I'm running openssl s_client -connect imap.gmail.com:993 to connect then, * OK Gimap ready for requests ...
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Automatically sort list messages to list folder with IMAP

I would like to automatically move received messages to list-specific folders on an IMAP server with mutt. All these lists are lists known to mutt. What I do right now is periodically tag messages by ...
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Import folders from Thunderbird to gmail?

I've been using Thunderbird for a while to manage my email, with a POP server, where all the messages are downloaded to my local machine, and then I sort them into folders. Now I want to migrate to ...
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Convert a Gmail account from POP to IMAP and keep folder structure?

I currently use POP to access my gmail through thunderbird, but I would like to switch to IMAP so that my folders are mirrored on the server, and my sent emails are also available through the web ...
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Thunderbird creates a folder called INBOX on IMAP

Thunderbird creates a folder called INBOX on the IMAP server, and also a Trash folder inside it. I guess it happened when I modified the settings, to move deleted messages to the Trash folder (on the ...
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GMail IMAP + Apple Mail / iPhone - “Account exceeded bandwidth limits. (Failure)”

Started seeing this this morning in Apple Mail. I have one of those exclamation point error indicators next to "Inbox", with this error message when I click on it: There may be a problem with the ...
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Backing up IMAP based email via with Mac

I have a few years of email saved on my email hosting providers IMAP servers. I would like to make a local backup copy of all those emails for archival purposes. I also need to be able to search ...
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Is there a thunderbird plugin to modify IMAP emails?

Sometimes I receive emails with subjects like "As discussed" or "(empty)". At that point I know what it is about but for later reference I'd like to change the subject into something slightly more ...
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How can I limit the number of IMAP emails Outlook 2010 syncs?

I'm helping a user with Outlook 2010. They have a large mailbox that they want to sync over IMAP, but we want to not sync the whole thing in order to keep Outlook performing well. A lot of email ...
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Outlook with Gmail

I'm using Outlook to IMAP a Gmail account and the following error happens intermittently. Lately, it has been much more frequent. Has anyone found a workable solution to this? Your IMAP server closed ...
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How can I verify a certificate's fingerprints?

I use gmail with mutt over imap. imaps://imap.gmail.com:993 Today when I launched mutt, it prompted me to reject or accept a certificate. Screenshot: q:Exit ?:Help This certificate belongs to: ...
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How to make Thunderbird play nice with Google mail

Thunderbird and gmail aren't exactly the best of friends. Gmail's labels mean that Thunderbird often downloads multiple copies of a single mail. Anything tagged in gmail will appear in a folder ...
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How can I get Thunderbird to automatically move messages?

I have Thunderbird 15. I'd like to automatically move messages from one folder to another. My mail account is an IMAP account. My Blackberry is also connected to the account and when it sends mail, ...
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How should I configure Mail.App and Google Mail?

I'm running the Mac OS X 10.6 version of Mail.app and accessing Google Apps' mail via IMAP. I'm trying to make the integration as seamless as possible because I'm thinking of switching my wife to the ...
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offlineimap: turn idle on

I want to use idle (push email) with my IMAP. I've read about IDLE mode in man, but I can't to turn it on. Is it possible to find some manual about idle feature of offlineimap
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Using IMAP with Pine (Alpine)

Is it possible to use IMAP when using Pine? I'm looking to sync up my Gmail account for easy emailing and wanted to know if it was something that Pine can handle.
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Outlook collapses IMAP folders by default

I recently switched my mail account from POP3 to IMAP and created server-side rules to help me manage my mail better. I use Outlook 2007 as a mail client. For some reason, it seems that ever since I ...
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How can I make Thunderbird IMAP sync moved messages immediately?

I have TB connecting to the IMAP interface of an exchange server. I also have my mail synchronised to the machine for off-line use. When I move a message from the inbox to an archive folder, the ...
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Import e-mail via IMAP into GMail?

I thought GMail had a way to import mail from an old account. Searching a little bit, I found this post from 2009 regarding importing mail into GMail. However, there is no longer an "Accounts and ...
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Outlook and IMAP - Outlook doesn't allow the Drafts and Trash folders to sync with the respective IMAP folders

I'm using Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 against an IMAP server (the problem exists across many, like Gmail, you name it). Outlook lets you set your Outlook "Sent" folder to map to the IMAP server's ...
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Handling Junk Email with Apple Mail.app and Gmail

I've just setup my Apple Mail client to work with Google Apps through IMAP. One lingering question is how to best handle SPAM (Junk Mail), however. In their Help section, Google recommends that we ...
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Setting up Hotmail IMAP in Mozilla Thunderbird

So I've been trying to get hotmail setup in Thunderbird but I cannot get it to work. I know hotmail IMAP works fine in Windows Live Mail. How can I get it to work in Thunderbird?
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How to restore mails from unix mbox file to imap server?

I accidentally let mutt to move all read emails from the server to local mbox file. How to restore mails to the server?
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Is there a way to empty trash and compress a folders on all of my Thunderbird IMAP accounts with a single click?

OK, actually that will take clicks: one click for emptying the trash, and the second click to compress the folders. I want to do this on all my IMAP accounts in Thunderbird, so I don't have to do it ...
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How do you manage Labeled and All-Mail unread mails in Thunderbird with a GMail IMAP accounnt?

I use Thunderbird with gmail via imap and do so with multiple accounts. On the gmail side I have filters that will automatically assign labels to incoming mail and archive it moving it out of the ...
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Can I configure Thunderbird 3 to refresh the folder list for an Exchange IMAP account?

Background: When used as an IMAP client against Gmail, Thunderbird 3 (may be the case in v2 also, not sure) will refresh it's list of folders (the folders correspond to Gmail labels) when you do ...