Mail Rules
1. What are Mail Rules?
Mail Rules tell FirstClass how to handle the following mail:

   * messages that you receive
   * messages that you send
   * messages that are received by conferences

Mail rules are helpful for things like:

   * Deleting all mail that comes from a particular e-mail address
   * filing all mail with a certain subject or sender into a particular folder

To find the Mail Rules area:

1. Click on the Preferences button.
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2. Click on the Messaging tab.
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3. Click the Mail Rules tab.
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4. Click the Mailbox Rules... button.

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2. Creating Receive Mail Rules
Receive Mail Rules tell FirstClass how to handle your incoming mail, based on parameters you set up.

To create a new Receive Rule:

1. Open your Preferences, go to the Messaging tab, the Mail Rules tab, and click the Mailbox rules button (see above).

2. Click the New Receive Rule button.

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3. Enter a logical name for your recieve rule, and make sure the Enabled box is checked if you want the rule to work.

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4. In the If: area, choose your settings.
The first setting will allow you to select from a dropdown.
Selecting different choices from this dropdown will affect the choices available in the next dropdown menu.
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The choices in the second dropdown area wlll affect what options are presented in the third dropdown/text entry area:

Example:
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Example of completed If: area:
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5. In the Then: area,  choose the action you want FirstClass to take and fill out all information in that area.
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If you want FirstClass to file mail in folders, you MUST create the folder before you create the rule, and you MUST type in the exact name of the folder.

Example:

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6. Save the rule.

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7. Your rule will show up in the Mailbox Rules area.

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3. Creating Send Mail Rules
Send Mail Rules tell FirstClass how to handle your outgoing mail, based on parameters you set up.

To create a new Send Rule:

1. Open your Preferences, go to the Messaging tab, the Mail Rules tab, and click the Mailbox rules button (see above).

2. Click the New Send Rule button.
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3. Enter a logical name for your send rule, and make sure the Enabled box is checked if you want the rule to work.

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4. In the If: area, choose your settings.
The first setting will allow you to select from a dropdown.
Selecting different choices from this dropdown will affect other choices available.
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5. Click on the Then: dropdown menu to choose how you want FirstClass to handle the mail with the parameters you set in the If: field.

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If you want FirstClass to file mail in folders, you MUST create the folder before you create the rule, and you MUST type in the exact name of the folder.

Example:
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6. Save the rule.

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7. Your rule will show up in the Mailbox Rules area.

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4. Advanced Mail Rules
Advanced Mail Rules tell FirstClass how to handle your incoming and outgoing mail, based on multiple parameters you set up. Advanced Rules are powerful. Please use care when setting them up!

To create a new Advanced Rule:

1. Click on the New Advanced Rule button.

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2. Choose an option in the When: dropdown menu.

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3.  Set parameters in the If: area. Add or subtract options using the plus and minus buttons.

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4. Set parameters in the Then: field. Add or subtract options using the plus and minus buttons.

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5. Save the rule.

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6. Your rule will show up in the Mailbox Rules area.

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5. Deleting or Disabling Mail Rules
To delete a mail rule:

1. Click once on the rule to select it.

2. Press the Delete button (or backspace button on your keyboard).

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3. The rule will disappear and will not affect your mailbox any longer.


To disable a mail rule:

1. Double-click the mail rule to open it.

2. Uncheck the Enabled check box. This will keep the rule in your mail rules list. The rule will not work until you check the Enabled box again.

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6. Rules Log
1. Your Rules Log will always appear in your Mailbox Rules window.      

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2. The Rules Log is a record of every time you create or update a mail rule. The Log is helpful for identifying errors, such as assigning mail to be filed in a non-existant folder.

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