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Opera Mail: beginner with a weird question

  • Hello

    Until a few days ago I used only Thunderbird. Then I had issues with Thunderbird. I had about 30000 emails in it in a complex set up: gmail synced to it, native ISP email accounts etc.

    So I decided to have my ISP email account in Thunderbird and my gmail synced in another email client. I found Opera Mail. I hadn't heard of it before. It has done a terrific job! It is organizing my emails a lot better IMO than what Thunderbird did.

    My issue is this. By accident in Thunderbird I deleted about 20000 emails a few days ago. I thought they were gone. I didn't intend this. I wanted the emails back. Now in Opera Mail without me doing anything the 20000 emails are back! They are in the "trash" section of Opera Mail. I am very happy to see this! They include many emails for registering software, serial codes etc. Their loss would have been at best a huge hassle. At worst I might have lost my software if I uninstalled my software such as formz.

    So what are my options with these 20000 trash emails that are in fact treasure? Is there a default setting that will permanently remove them after say a week? If so I would like to remove that setting so that the emails remain there while I look through them, copy them to another folder etc.

    Thank you

  • I have no idea how the above window format happened. It was noy my intent.

  • Hi fisherman, No your emails should be safe in the trash/deleted (virtual) folder, as there is no automatic trash empting in Opera Mail and as long as you don't right click anywhere in the panel on the left and select 'Empty deleted folder' you should be fine.

    What you could do though, is highlight all the emails in the deleted folder and click the 'Undelete' icon (two arrows going in a circle) in the tool bar above the message list and move them back to the 'Inbox', Just to be safe.

    Oh, I cleared up your formatting to remove the box from your post. This forum uses 'Markdown' for message formatting an other post properties and is still a little quirky.

  • Don't want to confuse things, but you might want to make sure which trash folder they have gone to. If they are only in Opera Mail's trash file on the computer then they will stay there. But if they are also in gmail's IMAP synchronised trash folder then I think you need to watch out because gmail normally deletes whatever is in the trash after two weeks. It would be much better to undelete them as suggested.