I use Gmail with Thunderbird, which is working great, except for the part where I get a new email. It shows me the new email twice when notifying because it appears in both the inbox and All Mail folders. I know I can just unsubscribe to the All Mail folder, but then I can't back it up like many people do with Thunderbird. How do I set Thunderbird to notify me of new emails in only certain folders?

  • Having the same issue here, except that I don't even know how to "unsubscribe to the All Mail folder" since I don't need to back it up. Any hints on that? Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 8:33
  • I just unsubscribe from "All Mail", as you've suggested. I'm sure you realize there are many ways to back up your Gmail, but here is a nice list of options: mattcutts.com/blog/backup-gmail-in-linux-with-getmail Commented May 10, 2011 at 14:00

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  1. Right click on the folder you don't want notifications for;
  2. Select "Properties";
  3. Uncheck the checkbox "When getting new messages for this account, always check this folder".
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    It's unchecked but I'm still always notified about it...
    – RomanSt
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 12:20
  • Same here, v68.7.0 Commented Apr 14, 2020 at 10:44

2021: Answer now seems to be the Mailbox Alert extension, which allows setting of alerts down to folder level and works in current Thunderbird version as of this message 78.6

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    I wanted not only notifications from specific folders (because I could miss them), but also a tray icon to persist with the unread messages status (but only for specific folders, not all folders). That is why I was searching this question. Is there a solution with tray icon persistant notification? I also wanted to use Kmail instead of thunderbird. I went to menu Settings -> Kmail settings -> Modules -> Akonadi agents -> New mail notifications -> settings button. In new opened window went to Folders tab and unchecked all folders except those I was interested in to receive notifications for.
    – Ashark
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 10:13
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    As it is with Thunderbird add-ons, they die. This one is not available for v115 anymore and the author's website doesn't make the impression that it's still maintained. Used it with Tb 60 for a long time, but looking for an upgrade now.
    – ygoe
    Commented Aug 20, 2023 at 9:58

Maybe it is possible with filters and the FiltaQuilla Add-on? The add-on adds many new filter actions and one of them is to disable notifications. You could try to add a new filter rule without conditions, action “Do not notify” and then apply it to the All Mail folder. (I haven’t tried it myself.)

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    This was the correct answer for Thunderbird up until recently. With version 78 Thunderbird has now rendered many old addons useless, including FiltaQuilla. And there still doesn't seem to be a native way to do this. By the way, this is the github repository: github.com/RealRaven2000/FiltaQuilla
    – sp00n
    Commented Nov 3, 2020 at 17:26
  • 2023: FiltaQuilla seems to be working again for current versions (I'm using 102 and it's working fine). Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 9:14

Not sure where it is, but within Tb, write a message rule that notifies receipant of new mail received then filter within the rule you're creating to flag only the folder you want notification for.

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