I have some filters set up in Gmail, for things like mailing lists. Messages skip the inbox, get tagged, and go straight to archive. This was not a problem in Mavericks, but now I'm getting the "new mail" noise all the time, when really it's a new message in the archive, from one of these filters, but nothing is new in my inbox.

The setting in my preferences is still: New message notifications: Inbox Only.

Any ideas? A bug in Mail?

  • Permissions? Where? Is this an accidental comment on another question?
    – Rob N
    Oct 19, 2014 at 2:22
  • NOPE, not a typo, see this for instructions macissues.com/2014/04/11/…
    – Ruskes
    Oct 19, 2014 at 3:38
  • I don't see how the linked article has anything to do with the issue at hand. I am also experiencing the same problem with gmail filters sending items to the archive but keep getting the "dings". Note: though the "dings" are audible there aren't any notifications that slide over. I too would like it to stop :)
    – sdavids
    Oct 19, 2014 at 5:28
  • @sdavids If you have a user preference setting that system does not accept (keeps doing as before) then usually it is a problem with broken user ACLs (permissions).
    – Ruskes
    Oct 19, 2014 at 5:45

4 Answers 4


My workaround…

  • Switch off the new message sound in Prefs > General

  • To the end of every rule, or at least the end of all possible paths, add a new Action - 'Stop Evaluating Rules'.

  • Add one more Rule at the end, like this…

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Anything that gets that far through the Rule list will play the sound, anything diverted on the way will not…
...or you can selectively add that or any chosen sound at the bottom of earlier Rules, for instance if you wanted to differentiate or highlight any particular incoming path.


I haven't used the client side mail filters for while, but I don't think it's a bug.

As a alternative workaround you can use server side gmail filter. So, incoming email messages, like mailing lists are already sorted on the server before they show up in Mail. It is so much faster than sorting them locally.

  • I was not talking about client side filters. I have the filters set up in Gmail. I haven't tried this El Capitan, so I'm not sure if it's still a problem.
    – Rob N
    Jul 5, 2016 at 0:43

Go to Mail -> Preferences -> Rules.

Edit one of the lists, where you have to add under "Perform the following actions:":

Mark as Read


Solution: update your Gmail filters to:

  • Skip the inbox
  • Mark as read

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