In Outlook, I can have a rule that says something like:

If Subject = "ABC" Move message to folder "XYZ" Except if my name is in the To: or CC: box

I get a ton of automated emails that are sent to a mailing list, so this is very useful to make sure I see the rare cases where someone forwards one of these automated emails to me with a real question or message.

Is there any way to get this behavior in Thunderbird?

2 Answers 2


To add a simple exception like that, generally:

  1. Select the Match all option.
  2. Use negative logic for the exception condition(s) -- "is not", "doesn't contain", etc.

Like so:

(Click for slightly larger)Filter rules

  • Thanks, not sure why I didn't think of that!
    – Jer
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 3:06


Short version use more that one criteria, by pressing the + sign, and choose match all of the following. So it will be like this:

Subject - ABC To: - Me

  • Why the vote down!
    – 0xab3d
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 14:38
  • 1
    1. Did you think I didn't google it first? 2. The results from google don't answer my question. 3. Your answer doesn't answer my question. Sorry :(
    – Jer
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 3:06

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