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I would like to install Thunderbird in a new computer, and give it an IMAP account.

This IMAP account has 3000+ emails, and I would rather keep them at bay in the server, and receive only the new ones - from today onwards.

Would that be possible, or am I forced to download all the old stuff?

Thanks,

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I see two good options, the one you asked for and the one Daniel B suggested in his comment:

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You may be able to put your older emails in a different folder and just sync the inbox. You would then know that you have all the emails from today forth. I'm pretty sure Thunderbird had the option to sync specific folders.

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