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Is there any way to automatically mark junk mail as 'read' in OS X (10.6.5) Mail? A free or shareware utility would be nice.

My mail provider supports junk filters that automatically moves selected messages to the junk folder, but does not mark them as read. OS X Mail picks them up (IMAP) and displays the headers in the Junk folder as unread.

I would like to continue to use my mail provider's filters instead of just the 'Rules' in OS X Mail because otherwise I show tons of messages in my iPhone inbox, since it does not support filtering.

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You could create an AppleScript that does this.

I haven't looked into it much, but this link appears to have a promising solution.

http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=8350917

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I don't really trust SPAM headers. I've seen messages from mail-lists I subscribed to be labeled as SPAM and end up in that folder where I don't see it for ages.

As a result I bought a copy of SpamSieve which, after training, does a much better job filtering out the garbage.

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You could add a Mail.app Rule that mark every new mail in the "Junk" folder as read.

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I tried that. I could not find any way to say that the rule applies to the "Junk" folder. From the mail.app help: "[Rules are no longer applied when] A message is transferred to another mailbox by rules applied on a server or on a computer or device synced to the computer you’re currently using." –  Ralph Dec 17 '10 at 15:18
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