When managing multiple mailboxes, is it possible to disable the notifications for certain mailboxes?

multiple mailboxes

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The simplest way I can think of is to remove the general New Message sound...

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Then add it back for specific accounts...

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This is a simplified version of the method I use for rules splitting emails off to different folders per purpose. I only want to be notified for the ones I consider important, not every Facebook announcement.

I just realised you might mean the actual banner notifications - this, unfortunately can only be honed in very broad strokes...

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I've found the solution to that is if I don't want to be notified, I use rules to move to another folder, one which gets no notification, i.e. not Inbox.

This does mean you can end up with quite an array of folders... but each serves a purpose.
I actually normally leave the sub-folders closed, including Inbox, because the account they came to is no longer an important part of the filing.

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To disable notification for certain Mailboxes you can create Smart Mailboxes for the accounts that you want notifications, and change the settings to enable only them.

  1. Create a Smart Mailbox through the menu Mailbox > New Smart Mailbox including only the Accounts that you want to receive notifications.

    Smart Mailbox creation

  2. Inside Preferences > General change the Dock unread count and New message notifications putting the name of the Smart Mailbox or group of Smart Mailbox created.

    Notifications only for Smart Mailbox

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    This should be the accepted answer! Best solution IMHO!
    – v01pe
    Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 14:07
  • Thanks @v01pe you can upvote my answer to gain visibility Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 14:09
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    Did so ;) Cheers!
    – v01pe
    Commented Oct 15, 2020 at 20:30

I like the ansver from @Matteo Guarnerio, but I think it can be improved by inverting in. I only have handful of mailboxes I do not want notification for, but a lot I do want notification for.

I first created a smart mailbox named Has no notification where I put all mailboxes that I do not want to have a notification for. Having created that I have added one more mailbox Has notification which only inverts the prior mailbox.

Has notification mailbox conditions

I hope this helps someone. :)

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