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I have manually created mailboxes in Mail and would like to create a rule that moves all future email from those senders who currently exist in one of those mailboxes to be sent to the same mailbox. That is: Any incoming mail from a sender who already has a message from that sender in ManualMailbox_A should be moved into ManualMailbox_A.

Is there a way to define a smart contacts group to do this so that the Mail rule can use "Sender is member of Group"? Some other way?

I am trying to avoid having to manually fiddle with putting senders into contacts and groups, and would like to just drag message into mailbox and have all future mail from that sender redirected to same mailbox — and of course have multiple senders put into single mailboxes.

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Hey, how about being able to simply "tag" messages and have rules be able to filter on tags? Any way to do that? –  polyglot Sep 28 '12 at 18:35
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How about this? Go to Mail > Preferences > Rules > Add Rule.

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Make sure you have created before: a target mailbox in Mail, and a matching address group in Contacts (a.k.a. Address Book). Hope this works!

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My main goal was to avoid manual setup in advance of groups. The goal is to implement a solution that allows simple dragging of mail messsages into mail folders such that in future those same senders will get auto-moved to the same folder. Your suggestion seems to still require me to manually put the sender's email address into a group in advance. –  polyglot Oct 11 '12 at 22:37
That is correct. Let me think about something else that comes closer to what you need... –  myhd Oct 12 '12 at 5:29
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