How to Have AIM Mail File Mail Using Filters

You don't have to sort your email yourself if you use filters

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There's the mail you want to read and act on immediately or within a day. There are the newsletters that are interesting but can wait a week or two. They are all in your AIM Mail or AOL Mail Inbox—identifiable by sender and subject but still a jumbled mess.

As it turns out, you don't have to go through the list manually to spot the immediately important emails. AIM Mail and AOL Mail can do it for you and move all the messages to a designated folder. Even better—especially if mail from new senders is something you want to be sure and read—you can have AIM Mail move all the newsletters and slow stuff to a folder that holds all the email you want to read, just not right now.

Use Filters to Instruct AOL Mail File Mail

To set up a filtering rule in AIM Mail or AOL Mail:

  • Click Settings near your AIM Mail or AOL Mail home screen.
  • Go to the Filters category.
  • Click New Filter.
  • Type the desired filter name: "From John Smith Email to Archive," for example.
  • Define the rule criteria:
    • From: mail from a certain sender
    • To: mail sent to a certain address (a mailing list, for example)
    • Subject: mail with a certain word or phrase in the subject lineIf you specify more than one word, the words need to appear as a phrase for the filter to trigger.
    • Cc: mail that has a certain Cc: recipient (say, you)
    • Bcc: mail where you're not one of the direct To: or Cc: recipients
    • Message Body Contains: mail containing a certain word or phrase (again, words must appear together as a phrase to trigger)
  • Choose the desired target folder from the Move to folder... button under Then move to:.
  • Click Save.

Now your email will be sorted as it arrives into the folders you chose.

Note: Although AOL discontinued the AIM messenger servers at the end of 2017, the company stated that users could continue to use their @aim email addresses as they normally would.