When I'm doing a search into my mailbox, Mail is not looking into the archives folder, and that is pretty annoying.

I checked "Look into every folder" into the preferences, but it doesn't change anything. If I want to look into the Archives folder, I have to click on it, and then I can type my search criteria.

Isn't it possible to search into this folder as well when I'm on my main folder?

  • Anyone can help me ? I'm feeling alone here. :) Thanks
    – guillaumeb
    Oct 8, 2015 at 11:12

1 Answer 1


Here is a solution fro this post that might help:


It appears that this is linked to Spotlight in some way.

I recently turned spotlight indexing back on for the volume holding my $HOME and immediately this started working again.

I assume that without the spotlight index it can't find the Archive directly automatically, then finds it via IMAP when I run through the steps in the question.

  • Thanks for replying. The thing is, I'm not using spotlight at all, I'm using alfred. But what's the point with spotlight in this case, I'm not sure I understand. Thanks !
    – guillaumeb
    Oct 6, 2015 at 20:59
  • @guillaumeb, I don't understand either. [sheepish grin] Oct 6, 2015 at 21:05
  • @guillaumeb, the solution. Oct 6, 2015 at 21:09
  • Great. Let's hope someone is going to help me. Thanks a lot anyway !
    – guillaumeb
    Oct 6, 2015 at 21:11
  • @guillaumeb, just to let you know, I think I will leave the answer there just incase it helps someone who stumbles across this question later. Oct 6, 2015 at 21:13

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