Gmail “Never send it to spam” and IE 6

Earlier this summer a friend told me about a way to keep emails out of the Gmail spam filter, which unlike that of Yahoo! Mail can not be disabled. By setting up a filter rule (say, the email contains certain words) and specifying the “Never send it to spam” action for messages that match the rule, these emails will never get caught in the spam folder.

I collect a lot of spam for building my spam blacklists and would have liked to use my Gmail accounts for that, so this sounded useful. By using a filter rule I could ensure that the spam emails I wanted to analyze would either end up in the Inbox, from where my spamfilter can extract them via POP, or would be forwarded to another email address for retrieval.

However when I tried it, the new option wasn’t there. I found many blogs talking about the feature, but none of the Gmails accounts I tried gave me that option. What was I missing?

The mystery seems to be related to the browser I use: When I use Internet Explorer 7 on a Vista machine, the new option was indeed available. However, with Internet Explorer 6.0 on two XP machines it wasn’t there. When I installed and ran FireFox 3 in parallel on one of those XP machines, the option appeared too.

Therefore, if like me you use IE 6 and don’t want to switch browsers just yet, set up the Gmail filter from another machine running IE 7 or install FireFox as an additional browser (not the default) on your IE 6 machine. Unlike IE 7, FireFox will coexist happily with IE 6 and upgrading to it is not a one way street as it is with IE 7.

6 thoughts on “Gmail “Never send it to spam” and IE 6

  1. Why would anybody WANT to keep IE6? Heck, why would anybody want to use IE fullstop?

    Firefox to take over the world. 🙂

  2. Hey!!!
    I ve been using both Firefox as well as Internet Explorer for more than 5 yrs….so I have no issues with the same…..As I work on Vista machine ….I got the option very easily,…..
    so No issues

  3. @Angelo:
    A good friend of mine upgraded from IE 6 to IE 7 and regretted it ever since. So many things were broken that he tried to go back to IE 6, but the problem is, IE 7 installs various new DLLs that will never leave your system again (every IE upgrade is a stealth Windows update), unless you reinstall XP from scratch, and these were the ones causing him grief.

    As for why I still prefer IE 6 to FF, there are various little things I like about IE, such as the ability to edit HTML from the View Source option, which I often use during website development. There are probably different ways of doing the same things in FF, but I would have to spend time on figuring them out and learning them.

    However, I also use Ubuntu and the Mac these days, where I have no option but use other browsers, so I guess I’ll move on eventually 🙂

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  5. When using Firefox to create a Gmail filter, make sure you are in Gmail’s “standard” (not “basic HTML”) display mode. Otherwise, you may not see the “Never send it to Spam” option.

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