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12.17 Where emails stored, and how to set date range

  • I installed an account and it downloaded all emails going back to 2007. Can I delete them and how can I specify a date range like say only one month

  • Can I delete them

    If they are not important to you, then yes. :-)

    ow can I specify a date range like say only one month

    You mean to be downloaded? If so, this is not possible afaik.

  • Thanks. You know where to find them and have to delete all or can delete just some of them

  • Where they are stored is probably not useful to you. Just create an access point (aka Label in 12.17) that shows all the messages you want to delete, then Select All (Ctrl-a) and Shift-Delete (Remove permanently). Give it a couple of minutes to clean up, and you're done.

  • Where they are stored is probably not useful to you. Just create an access point (aka Label in 12.17) that shows all the messages you want to delete, then Select All (Ctrl-a) and Shift-Delete (Remove permanently). Give it a couple of minutes to clean up, and you're done.

    OK. Thanks. I'll try that and then use something like mailstrom to archive most of the old ones before adding the account again. Maybe that will work to only have it download the most recent ones

  • Maybe that will work to only have it download the most recent ones

    You need to delete the messages from the server.

  • Maybe that will work to only have it download the most recent ones

    You need to delete the messages from the server.

    Well that sucks. I thought there was someway to leave them on the server and only have the newest ones in opera, like on my phone

  • Not for an IMAP account.

  • Not for an IMAP account.

    But phones can do it for imap no problem. What about the new opera mail? I have never tried it. The reason this is a problem is I just bought an 8 inch windows tablet with only 16 gig. So I don't wants so many emails taking up space

  • Most non-HTML emails are only a kilobyte or two in size. Even an HTML laden email is only a few dozen kilobytes. A single image, on the other hand, can be well over a megabyte in size or more. Thats several hundred to several thousand emails worth. A single good quality .mp3 can be 5-10 megabytes. To put it simply, unless you have tens of millions of emails that you need to delete you wont be saving any meaningful amount of hard drive space. Lets say each email averaged 25 kilobytes. If you had a thousand email messages that would be 25 thousand kilobytes, or 25 megabytes. Thats maybe 3 decent .mp3s. Clearly out the web browsers cache after surfing for 20 minutes would free up more space than that.

  • Well that sucks. I thought there was someway to leave them on the server and only have the newest ones in opera, like on my phone

    You can ctrl + s a message to save it as an mbs file. Then, you can delete the message in Opera (which will delete it on the server too). Then, in Opera Mail, you can goto "Menu -> settings -> import and export -> import mail -> import generic mbox" and import the message into a new pop account (it'll be a pop account with no server settings basically). You can then go in that new account's properties and name it "you@example.com archive" or something. Then, the next time you archive a message that way, import into that existing "you@example.com archive" account instead of importing into a new account.

    If you want to do the same thing but with multiple messages at once, create a label, drag a selection of messages to the label, right-click the label, choose export to save all the messages in a single mbs file, ctrl + a the messages in the label and shift + delete them to get rid of them (or del to move to the trash and then empty the trash). Then, impor the mbs file for the label into the archive account.

    Then, to show only a single account at a time (so the archive account and its messages are showing until you need them), right-click in the mail panel, goto "show messages from" and select just your normal IMAP account. Just note that it resets to all accounts on startup. Also, there's a button you can add to the mail panel toolbar to switch accounts.

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