I've had a few smart mailboxes in Apple Mail which have worked fine so far, but I've noticed some odd behaviour lately (which may or may not have been there before).

Mailbox rules:

  • Date received - is today
  • Account - [my work mail account]
  • Any recipient - contains [my work e-mail address]

Mailbox definition

The idea is to have a smart mailbox which shows all emails I received today (sent to me, not a mailing list of which I'm part of). The account is an Exchange mailbox.

This works without fault as long as I am the single recipient. As soon as the mail in question is addressed to multiple people (all in To), Apple Mail decides that it doesn't meet the mailbox criteria. I can't figure out why it decides to leave those messages out. Is there something I can check or can I define the criteria in a different way so it would work?

FYI: OS X Yosemite version 10.10.5 on a MacBook Pro (15", mid 2012).

  • Just a guess... any different with recipient is rather than contains?
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 18, 2015 at 13:50
  • @Tetsujin Same results actually. Aug 19, 2015 at 10:19
  • ah, ok - was just an outside chance
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 19, 2015 at 10:20
  • I can reproduce this problem on my system. Unfortunately, I can't find a workaround. Aug 31, 2015 at 19:51
  • I just realized that this is still an issue with Mail.app 9.3 on OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan. Since I wasn't able to find a workaround either, I decided to file a radar on bugreport.apple.com (issue #27437956). Jul 20, 2016 at 13:01


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