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I've enabled the builtin Mail rules to move junk mail directly to the junk folder. But the messages do not get marked as read, so they are shown/counted as unread in the Mail sidebar.

How can I mark mail that goes to Junk and Trash folders as read automatically?

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For Junk Mail, you can create a Rule. From the menu bar item “Mail”, select > Preferences > Rules > Add Rule. Make a rule with the following conditions:

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For Trash, you can simply bypass Mail’s Trash and rely on the server settings of the email account. To do so, from the “Mail” menu bar item (again) > Preferences > Accounts > [select account] > Mailbox Behaviors > uncheck “Move Deleted Messages To the Trash Mailbox”

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    Tried rules already - not working. Even tried through custom action in Junk mail preferences. – Denis Rasulev Dec 11 '14 at 11:37
  • @ranklord Remove the custom actions. Revert to default Junk Mail Filters. Quit Mail, then re-open. attempt to rebuild both the Junk and Trash Mailboxes from the “Mailbox” menu bar item > Rebuild. You need to select each mailbox individually beforehand. – njboot Dec 11 '14 at 11:42
  • I don't have custom actions anymore since they do not work either :) The problem is that Rules have to be applied MANUALLY, i.e. you select Folder (or set of messages) and then from menu Messages -> Apply Rules. Therefore it solves my problem for 50% only :) – Denis Rasulev Dec 11 '14 at 11:48
  • @ranklord No, you manually create a rule. The rule does what it’s told to do from then on. You only apply the rule manually if you are applying it to a message that doesn’t meet the criteria laid out when you created the rule. – njboot Dec 11 '14 at 11:55

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