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Optimal Settings for Thunderbird Junk Mail Controls

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After configuring Thunderbird for optimal spam filtering, learn how to train this handy little spam filter.

Thunderbird Version 2

Click on the Tools menu and then on Options. Click on the Privacy button and tick the following options:

IMPORTANT: Do not click on 'Reset Training Data' unless you want to re-train your spam filter from scratch.

Below is a screenshot of how your settings should look after selecting the abovementioned options.

Thunderbird 2 Junk Mail Filter Setup Screen

The Junk Settings can be configured individually for each e-mail account set up in Thunderbird.

Click on the Tools menu again, but this time click on Account Settings. Click on Junk Settings in the panel on the left, for each e-mail account you want to configure, or scroll down to Local Folders for the main e-mail account. Tick the following options:

Below is a screenshot of how your settings should look after configuring the Junk Settings of an e-mail account.

Thunderbird 2 Junk Settings Setup Screen


Thunderbird Version 1.5

Click on the Tools menu and then on Junk Mail Controls... to open your Junk Mail Controls settings. Ensure that only the following options are selected:

After setting these options, click on the Adaptive Filter tab and check the "Enable adaptive junk mail detection" option.

The optimal settings for the Junk Mail Controls of Mozilla Thunderbird are illustrated in the images below. The settings as displayed below for the "When I mark messages as Junk:" option will make it easy and effortless to train your spam filter effectively.

Thunderbird 1.5 Junk Mail Filter Setup Screen

Remember to enable adaptive junk mail detection. Only click on the Reset Training Data button if it is really necessary. It will delete all the training data you passed to the adaptive filter!

Thunderbird 1.5 Adaptive Filter Setup Screen


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