filtering IMAP by message body?

Lonni J Friedman netllama at
Wed Nov 15 00:37:13 UTC 2006

On 11/14/06, Ed Greshko <Ed.Greshko at> wrote:
> Lonni J Friedman wrote:
> > Hopefully one of the gurus here can help with this one.  I reguarly
> > receive over 4000 (yes, 4000) pieces of non-spam email each day, via
> > an IMAP server.  I desperately need a means of filtering/sorting my
> > email based on the contents of the message body (rather than just the
> > header).  As far as I can tell, this isn't possible with thunderbird
> > when using IMAP (only POP).  Anyone know of any reliable means of
> > doing this with a different full-featured email client?
> Yes, it can be done with thunderbird.
> You just highlight the folder you want to have sorted/filtered.  Then you
> right click the folder and select "search messages".  You search for
> something in the body and then you click save "save as search folder".
> This, of course, is a "virtual folder" but it does work quite
> least for me.

When I do that, there is no means of sorting by the Body, just all the
assorted parts of the message header.

L. Friedman                                    netllama at

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