You can create a local folder in Thunderbird to archive messages from the server into. This allows you to reduce disk-space used by an e-mail account on the server, and to help prevent resource usage issues when using IMAP.

  1. Thunderbird-local-create Right-click on Local Folders and select New Folder...
  2. Thunderbird-new-folder Give your new folder a name
  3. Thunderbird-move-to-local


    Select your messages to archive

    Right-click and choose

    Move To > Local Folders > Your folder's name

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n/a Points
2014-04-07 7:57 pm

After I archive the messages that I wish to save, how do I ensure that the rest are trashed, and the resource usage issue is resolved?


17,716 Points
2014-04-07 8:10 pm
Hello JB,

When you archive messages, the archived messages are removed from the folder and placed in the archive folder. If you have any other emails in the Inbox or folder, then you would need to choose to delete it if you don't want Thunderbird loading it up in the list.

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Arnel C.
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2014-07-03 6:08 pm

I don't use Thunderbird anymore--is there a way to archive emails in Apple's Mail application?

9,968 Points
2014-07-03 6:16 pm
Hello LP,

Yes any IMAP email client should be able to create IMAP folders to store messages into.

The steps for Mail should be:

  1. Right-click the IMAP account you want to add a folder to

  2. Click New Mailbox from the drop-down

  3. Enter a name and click Create

- Jacob

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