Many years ago, Gmail changed their folder structure so some of the IMAP settings tutorials are not correct anymore. Since Windows Live Mail (WLM) auto-configures Gmail, the special folders are automatically determined and they cannot be specified. Please leave Root folder path alone like this:
Basically Gmail decided with the exception of
Inbox, which stays at root, all “System labels” goes under the subfolder
[Gmail]. However user-created labels (simply called “Labels“) stay at root folder level. For example, I have a user folder called
Save enabled for IMAP, the folder tree with the Gmail account looks like this:
Because you cannot specify where the Trash folder is, delete button really mean delete (to a recycle bin that’s purged in 30 days), not archive to a folder.
Also because Gmail is smart enough to save a copy in your
[Gmail]/Sent Mail folder if you use their SMTP (out-going mail) server, the “Save copy of sent message in ‘Sent Items’ folder” setting on Windows Live Mail is irrelevant: you cannot choose not to save it.
And yes, I tried it checking this (for other non-Gmail accounts), and confirmed that Gmail is smart enough to save one copy (not one from the SMTP and one executed by the client).
So here’s a summary:
- Gmail automatically configures and dictates IMAP’s special folders. You have no choice
- No special folder choice means you cannot reroute ‘delete’ to mean archive/move
- If you use Gmail’s SMTP server (likely), it will save a copy of outgoing mail to
[Gmail]/Sent Mailfolder. You cannot turn this off.
- “Save copy of sent message in the ‘Sent Items’ folder‘ is irrelevant if you use Gmail’s SMTP server. It will correctly save only one copy of the sent mail.
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