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I have an Apple Mail smart mailbox set up to filter out all of the messages that contain a certain string in the subject line.

Now, the problem is that there are A LOT of these messages and so they clutter up my main inbox. As it stands, I can simply see the messages in the smartbox, but they reside in the main inbox.

Is there anyway I can get these messages to move from my main inbox to the smartbox?

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The short answer is no. Smart mailboxes are basically filters. All mail is still in the original mailbox. Or as Apple puts it:

A Smart Mailbox shows in one location messages that are stored in other mailboxes. For example, a Smart Mailbox might show all messages from a specific sender or with a certain type of attachment, regardless of the mailbox where they’re stored. Source.

You could however create your own sort of smart mailboxes by using rules to move messages around based on certain characteristics.

Example of rules creating a Today folder: today


This moves all mail from today to a folder called today. A day later it will move that mail to a folder called archive (archief in Dutch). This should give you an idea how to work with rules and folders.

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A smart mailbox is just a virtual mailbox showing mails which match certain rules. This means that you can't physicallye move mail into a smart mailbox.

In your case you could create a physical mailbox folder instead and use mail rules to move mail matching the subject string directly into this folder on arrival.

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