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I’ve slowly made the move back to using an email client full-time ever since Gmail started offering IMAP support. By using IMAP both my online Gmail account and all of my email client are kept in sync with each other, which is nice since I read my mail on multiple devices throughout the day. The only problem is that some of my email clients automatically download messages that Google has already flagged as spam, and it’s frustrating thinking that I have received a new email just to find out that it was a spam message.

DaComboMan pointed out in the forum a nice little tip that can get around that for me. Basically all you have to do is create a filter that either marks spam as read or actually deletes it as it comes in. Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Create a new filter (instructions here)
  2. In the Has the words field enter in:spam
  3. Check either the Mark as read or Delete it box depending on what you would like to do with the spam

I didn’t go as far as to delete the spam because having it automatically marked as read will solve the headaches that I was getting. If you have found yourself in the same boat where you get notifications when new spam arrives then hopefully this will keep what sanity you have left. Doing either of those things will also eliminate the “new spam counter” that you see when visiting the Gmail website.