This is a specialised extension of mine that extends some of the new filter behavior already seen in QuickFolders and brings it to the folder tree. It can be used independantly of, or in conjunction with quickFolders. To learn more please visit the quickFilters support site.

Here is a video that shows how to set up filters using quickFilters. Anybody can do it, and if you put in a few minutes to understand it you will be creating filters within seconds which are going to tidy up your inbox automatically:

The Filter Assistant

With this, it is very easy to create new filters very quickly.

I actually invested 2 weeks of work over the last Christmas Holidays in order to write the "Filter Wizard"; this will prefill the destination folder for you after you have dragged the email into one of the folders in the folder tree.

  1. Click on the quickFilters button on the main toolbar
    main menu: filter assistant
  2. The button will change depicting a glowing wheel instead of the mail icon and there will be sliding notification:
    filter notification
  3. Drag an email into a folder on the left hand folder tree. This will trigger the Create Filter Assistant.
    filter wizard
  4. select a template (e.g. "based on Sender") and click [Create Filter...] - in the example I have pulled an email into the QuickFolders folder
  5. Next, the Edit Filter dialog is displayed - as you can see it already tries to "guess" what you want the filter to do when it should be applied, based on the email that you dragged to the folder:
    filter rules
    Since in this case I chose "Based on Sender", it will pull all conversations from and to into the QuickFolders folder. No need to select the folder (as it has been done automatically) or to enter any condition (this is based on the template that you have chosen).
  6. Now tweak the filter as usual and click Ok to save it (and try it out in the Filter List)
  7. You can also click Cancel to not create the filter
  8. in the last step Thundebird's list of filters is shown.
    list of filters
  9. You can repeat the process from step 2 to create more filters
  10. When you're done, click the filter button again to disable "Filter Wizard" mode.

The Message Filter List

I also created additional functions that I added to the filter list dialog - I created these after it had become a simple thing to create many filters (as the list became too long to handle without the search function).

Message Filters: new features

The biggest new feature here is the addition of a Search box, which allows filtering the number of results

Also you can now move the filter to the top of the bottom of the list. This is actually significant as the order you see on screen is the same as the order in which the filters are executed. This also means, if a filter on the top moves a message from the inbox then the filters below will not get a chance to execute on this message; as the filters are only executed on messages in the inbox, they will simply be ignored. Therefore it is very important that it remains easy to re-order the relative positions of the filters. This also works while the search box is active.

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Important note: the donations for quickFilters will currently go via the QuickFolders project. This is until the extension has been fully reviewed and I get a new Mozdev site for it. If you want to help accelerate this process, please spread the word and leave positive reviews on the ATN page for quickFilters.

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What's the meaning of this free software ??

Free as in Free Speech, not as in Free Beer.

I think the most important aspect on free software is that it is a political statement to avoid the pitfalls of proprietary, monopoly driven software that coined terms such as "Embrace, Extend and Extinguish" and the innovation crippling model of patenting software (for further reading, please see links below). At the moment there is a conflict (I almost wrote war) between the old proprietary model of software and the Free Software Concept, and its you, the users who will really decide where the future will take us. By downloading the Mozilla products and extensions by independant software developers, like QuickFolders, you are actively helping the cause.

The "free" Model
the free model.

As users, we like to use the software the way we want, and we more or less expect it to be free of charge. The question is what do the commercial software vendors make of this? Since the advent of facebook is a shift of users (and their data) from being the customers becoming the merchandise, and the corporations becoming the customer. This is because even the best community sites cannot operate without profit. The web is already overfraught with advertisement and data mining - The alternative is truly Free software that is funded by donations.

there is an excellent description of this concept here:

Quote: “Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer.”
Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

Some Further Reading