How to get through a week's worth of backlogged emails fast! If you are gonna be offline a few days or even a day, try this:
Block the name (thus the mails) of the biggest emailers on your list. Do so by clicking on their mail in the list and go to the top of the screen where you see "Message". Click on "Message" and scroll down the list until you see "Block Sender" and add them to the list. Create a folder with the name(s) of whoever that is.
You will still get their mails but they will go in your "Deleted Items" and you can unblock them when you feel you are caught up enough to deal with it all.
Then, go to the "Deleted Items" folder and manually delete the spam that gets past your spam bot and the newsgroups mails are left (or ,your biggest mailers). Click on any one of the mails, on the keyboard press "Ctrl A" to highlight the mails. Use your cursor to drag them all into a file folder you created.
If you have more than one big mailer: after you drag their mails into their folder, use the FIND function located near the top of the screen (usually on the same toolbar as :Create, Reply, Reply all, Forward, Print, Delete, Send/Receive, Addresses and FIND)
In the "From" field, type the persons name or addy and this will weed out their mails from the rest so that you can then highlight them like you did the first time) and also drag them into their own folder!
I know this sounds maybe a little complicated but it works.
By Veronica from Sedalia
Editor's Note: Most mail programs will allow you to set up a filter so you can route or mark specific emails. For example; you can have all emails from ThriftyFun go directly into a "ThriftyFun" folder instead of the Inbox. Check your help menu to see how your specific email program handles this.
You may want to name the folder "Unread" instead of sending it to the Delete folder. Many programs automatically empty the Delete folder once you close down your email.
gmail.com is one of the mail services where it is very easy to set up folders. I do have a folder for Thrifty Fun newsletters there, and I have mine set to come into my Inbox, but they are labeled for the folder, and I archive them to the folder. Usually I read them first and then archive them, but if I get behind in reading my emails, I just archive them (They save in bold print) and then as I have time, I pull them out of the folder, read them, and then put them back into the folder. I can see at a glance which ones I haven't read yet, but they don't clutter up my Inbox. And another nice thing about gmail is that you have 2688MB of storage, so you never have to worry about your mailbox getting too full and missing any emails. Also they do an excellent job of sorting out the spam into a separate folder. You can check to make sure they are spam before deleting them. If you don't delete them, they are deleted automatically in 30 days. I used to always check them before deleting, but in a year's time, I have only found 2 or 3 that were not spam. So now, I either delete them all every few days, or else I let them be automatically deleted when they are 30 days old. Since I use this mailbox for all my newsletters, and ordering on line, etc. I generate about 500 spams a day. I know...it is ridiculous, but since they go into a separate folder and not my Inbox, it isn't a bother. Every so often, they miss a spam and it comes to my Inbox, but not often at all. Maybe 1 or 2 every month or so. You need an invitation to sign up for a gmail account, and if you would like an invitation, I have lots of them, so just ask and I'll send you one.
Harlean from Arkansas
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