How to filter emails in Thunderbird to a Newsletters folder

Creating filters in Thunderbird is super easy – right click on the “From” field, and select “Create Filter From …”. This only takes a few seconds and if you do this for a month or so, pretty soon all your newsletters and other non-critical mail can be easily filtered to a folder.

You can then look at your Newsletter folder periodically, read what looks interesting, and then right click on the folder and mark the rest as read. This is much quickly that clicking on each email in your inbox and deleting it. All too often I see something interesting in the email and end of spending time reading when I don’t have time.

So two key aspects:

  • filter all newsletter type email to a folder
  • periodically, look at the folder and mark it as read

This will save you time!

See video below for a short demo: