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Post Posted July 17th, 2019, 6:14 am

I have both my Surface Pro6's and Desktop's Thunderbird accounts set up the same. However, I only use the SP maybe once a week. And, when I use it, I have a ton of emails to clear out. I had thought that I had taken care of this problem by setting Server Settings>Leave messages on server for at most 5 days. Hold on[b], I now see my bad reasoning. This setting tells Comcast (my server) to delete messages at 5 days, [b]but does nothing to delete messages already on my SP. So, mow that I am self-enlightened, let me ask: Is there any way to automatically control the message build-up on my SP?
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Post Posted July 17th, 2019, 6:30 am

Moving to Thunderbird Support

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Post Posted July 17th, 2019, 6:50 am

Daifne wrote:Moving to Thunderbird Support


Sorry, by bad. Thought I was posting in TB support, but I obviously wasn't. Thanks for the heads-up move.
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Post Posted July 17th, 2019, 8:54 am

It appears you have the account as POP on both computers, whereas if it were IMAP, messages deleted from the desktop would delete them from the server, and then the SP would display the same folder contents as the desktop when it was connected to the account. There would be no buildup - the two computers would be in sync.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Convert_a_POP ... AP_account

https://www.xfinity.com/support/article ... nity-email

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Post Posted July 17th, 2019, 9:21 am

I did a little Addon searching on the site but did not hit on one that looked like it handles email as you require.

But, in that TB email stuff on your SP system... you might post a little more info on what you do... as in, do you want to say... keep a weeks worth of that stuff or just remove all of them... if you want to remove all of them then why not single-click on the top one, to a CTRL+A (which highlights all of them and then right-click on any email and click delete. Then in your deleted email folder do the same... it only takes a few seconds.
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Post Posted July 17th, 2019, 9:28 am

sfhowes wrote:It appears you have the account as POP on both computers, whereas if it were IMAP, messages deleted from the desktop would delete them from the server, and then the SP would display the same folder contents as the desktop when it was connected to the account. There would be no buildup - the two computers would be in sync.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Convert_a_POP ... AP_account

https://www.xfinity.com/support/article ... nity-email


Before I try to convert from POP to IMAP, let me ask you if this link (https://www.xfinity.com/support/article ... hunderbird) from Xnfinity will do the job the same as your suggested links? I ask because, I think I find this one easier to follow that the other two.
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Post Posted July 17th, 2019, 9:41 am

The Xfinity instructions should mostly work. I suggest you copy the existing POP messages in Inbox, Sent etc. to Local Folders as a backup before you remove the POP account. I wouldn't recommend copying messages from the backup POP folders to the new IMAP folders, especially if the numbers are large. If it's necessary to transfer POP messages from one computer to another, do it manually by exporting and importing mail. That way, you'll have a 'clean' IMAP setup on both computers, but the old POP messages will still be available.

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Post Posted July 17th, 2019, 9:47 am

I'll try to make the conversion when I have more time. Thanks for your help, sfhowes.
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