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Old 10-26-2011, 12:19 PM   #1
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I am a new member and this is my first post about Thunderbird email. Please excuse me if I posted in the wrong place.

I am using Thunderbird 7.0.1 with IMAP on a Windows 7 Professional 32 bit machine. I have Thunderbird setup for IMAP.

When I delete a message on my Android Cell phone using IMAP the messages delete immediately.

Periodically like today, when I want to delete an email from my Thunderbird Inbox or from the Junk folder I repeated hit the delete key on the keyboard or from the toolbar and the messages do not delete - the email stays in the folder.

Sometimes the messages delete OK but many times like today they don't delete.

Since I do not have this issue with my Android phone I am thinking Thunderbird is not communicating with the server. My incoming and outgoing mail is always OK.

Does anyone have an idea what the problem may be and how to fix it?

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Old 10-29-2011, 07:47 AM   #2
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IMAP folder cannot be deleted - MozillaZine Knowledge Base
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:57 AM   #3
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I don't want to delete the IMAP folder - I was having troubles deleting emails in the IMAP folders.

I downloaded and installed the latest version of JAVA and that fixed mh problem.

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Problems associated with deleting or moving email usually stem from failure to compact mail folders, especially inboxes. This is because deleted email is not removed from the application until you compact (expunge is the technical term). This can be done automatically by a setting in your email account. Manually is simple enough. On any mail folder do this: right click/compact or File/Compact Folders). This is especially important on inboxes but also, any folder from which you regularly delete/move email.

If you are experiencing problems you probably have a lot of uncompacted mail so be patient the first time and watch the activity bar for its status (at the bottom of the application).

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Post Posted January 7th, 2013, 6:47 pm
two things just for starters:

Archive all the mail currently in the Inbox
Archiving your e-mail - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

enable AutoCompact
Compacting fo - MozillaZine Knowledge Base ... omatically

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