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This question was asked before, but the answer was just to use Mail 6.x with Mountain Lion -- and that's not working for me.

The question is:

I have a rule that copies certain incoming messages into an archive mailbox. I'd like those messages to be marked as read in the archive mailbox but remain unread in my in-box until I actually read them. I tried adding "Mark as Read" to the copy rule but that marks the message as read in both the >archive mailbox and my in-box, so I never have any unread messages in my in-box.

Any ideas?

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Maybe add a rule to the archive mailbox that marks it's new emails as read? Basically the same action you tried adding to the copy rule but by itself, and only for for the archive mailbox. – Mr Rabbit Feb 25 '14 at 14:32
Thanks, but I've tried that. As with the first questioner on this, no matter how carefully I write the rule, it also marks the inbox copy as read. – Goff Feb 25 '14 at 14:37

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