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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?


28,466 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.
n/a Points
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
n/a Points
2014-08-01 7:20 pm
The article is well done, but starting a new folder is easy once you know, but oh, what a search before you give up and go to support! It used to be easier to do.
n/a Points
2014-11-30 5:35 pm

Win, Thunderbird 32.2.0, IMAP


I'm not able to create a new folder within the local folder. The menu is as described above but it doesn't work. I also miss the black triangle left to the "Local Folder" which can be used to pop up the tree. These triangles exist for IMAP folders (View - Folders - All).

Thanks in advance, Ines

31,840 Points
2014-12-01 11:36 am
Hello Ines,

I am also running Thunderbird version 32 and am able to create the folder without issue. Have you tried reinstalling Thunderbird?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-12-02 1:21 pm

Thank you, Scott!

Not yet. I spared the effort :-( It's completely unintelligible to me that it works in all other accounts but not for local folder. Thunderbird runs also on my office PC, without any troubles. I hoped that someone knows the right button ...


11,186 Points
2014-12-02 1:46 pm
It certainly seems that it may be related to something locally on that specific computer. Your best solution may be to reinstall Thunderbird.
n/a Points
2014-12-02 3:21 pm



n/a Points
2015-04-19 10:48 pm

I have in the past created new folders in Thunderbird.  Each time it was hit-or-miss until I stumbled onto something that worked.  Unfortunately, I didn't write down how I did it.  

When I try the above directions NO  NEW FOLDER shows up. 

So how is it done?  

31,840 Points
2015-04-20 10:00 am
Hello Robert,

We are not having any issues when testing the instructions above. Are you certain that you are looking for the new folder in the Local Folders section and not in the Inbox?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-05-03 1:11 pm

Same Error here. Could not create new folders or saved searches in the Local Folder. UNTIL I changed the Local Folder path in the Local Folder properties.

n/a Points
2015-09-12 9:52 am

No problem from my end either. sounds like a permisson issue buddy. Its the place you are point it to that the cause of your issue. I would right click and give permisson all on that folder. 



n/a Points
2015-09-30 7:07 pm

When I right click on local folders in the side bar, I see no option to creat a new folder.  What I see is: Accounts, and under that: view setting for this account and create a new account, and Advanced Features and under that: search messages and manage message filters.

What am I doing wrong?

28,466 Points
2015-10-01 10:40 am
Hello Lu,

Sorry for the problem with Thunderbird. This might be a difference in version. I'm using version 38.30. When I click on any folder in the left hand sidebar, I always have the option to create a new folder regardless of where I click. First, make sure that your email account is setup correctly on Thunderbird, then double check to make sure that you have the email client setup correctly. Upload the new version if necessary and make sure it connects to your email account.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.

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