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INBOX vs GMAIL/ALL MAIL

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INBOX vs GMAIL/ALL MAIL jimbofoxman 12/22/10 7:07 PM
What is the difference between INBOX and GMAIL/ALL MAIL inside Thunderbird?  They seem redundant to me.  The Gmail Folder is just a copy of what's online, should I just collapse it in Thunderbird and ignore it and just view stuff in INBOX?





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Re: INBOX vs GMAIL/ALL MAIL deathtap 12/22/10 7:54 PM
Gmail/All Mail is literally that. ALL MAIL.

This includes:
- Received mail
- Sent mail
- Archived mail
- Deleted mail
- Spam
- etc

Gmail uses a label system and not a folder system. The difference is that instead of storing the mail in folders, Gmail appends a 'label' to designate that particular email, however all emails reside in the Inbox natively. The labels are just used to find emails faster, but they are not stored anywhere else. So, in Gmail, all emails with the 'Inbox' label are located in the Inbox, but this usually will exclude 'Sent Mail' and 'Archive'. These are visible in All Mail.

To avoid confusion, yes, you ought to collapse and ignore this folder in Thunderbird, UNLESS you use the 'archive' feature, then you'll need it to view these archived messages.
Re: INBOX vs GMAIL/ALL MAIL jimbofoxman 12/23/10 5:53 AM
Thanks Deathtrap for the answer.