Folder settings

Apart from the standard 'Incoming', 'Drafts', 'Outgoing', 'Sent', 'Deleted' and 'Spam' folders, you can create any number of additional folders. These folders are useful e.g. for archiving received and/or sent mail, or for administrating mailing lists.


Whenever you create a new folder or edit one that already exists, a settings window will open with the following options:

Display name

The name of the folder will appear in the folder listing in the main window.

Example: YAM mailing list

Directory name

This is the path in which the messages, the .fconfig file and the .index file of the actual folder will be saved. Usually this is a subdirectory of the actual basic folder directory, but you can specify any other place, like another hard disk partition for example.

Example: YAM_ml

Max. age

If you like, you can make YAM delete messages exceeding a certain age automatically. To do so, just drag the slider to select a value different from zero (which stands for the maximum age of the mail, in days). Then switch to the 'Start/Quit' configuration sheet and activate the option 'Delete old mail'.

NOTE: Messages with the status 'new' or 'unread' will not be deleted automatically.


Here you choose if the folder is for incoming and/or sent mail. This influences the column titles and whose address is displayed in the message list.


Folders can be protected with a password and/or be compressed if necessary. There are the following modes available:

     normal                    no password protection, no compression
                               + fast
                               - no protection of your e-mail from third persons
                                 with access to your computer

     simple protection         simple password protection, no compression
                               + fast
                               - your e-mails are protected within YAM only

     compressed                XPK compression without password protection
                               + saves hard disk space
                               - slow, no protection for your e-mail

     compressed with password  XPK compression with password protection
                               + saves hard disk space, good protection
                               - slow

The XPK software package is needed for compressing. It is not contained in the YAM archive, but can be downloaded e.g. from Aminet for free. The settings for the compression library can be found at Miscellaneous .

Sort by

Here the primary order of the messages in the chosen folder is specified. You can have the mail sorted by message date, date sent/received, sender, recipient, subject, size or status. Concerning the message status, the messages will be sorted in the following orders:

new > unread > read > replied > forwarded (for incoming mail)
error sending > hold > in queue > sent (for outgoing mail)

Additionally, several flags are also taken into account:

1 important
2 marked
3 PGP encrypted
4 PGP signed
5 status report
6 contains attachments

With the option 'Rev', the order will be reversed (e.g. Z-A instead of A-Z).

Then by

Here the secondary order of the messages in the chosen folder is specified. If for example mails are sorted by subject on a first instance, messages with the same subject can be sorted by date or author using this second key.

Welcome phrase

Closing phrase

AppIcon stats

Enable this if you want this folder's statistics to be added to those shown in the application icon that YAM usually puts on the Workbench screen. By default, only the stats for the 'Incoming' folder are noted there.

Exactly what data appears under the appicon depends on the label set in the Miscellaneous settings .

Jump to first unread message

Jump to newest message

Mailing list support


Since not all mailing list servers set the "Reply-To:" field to the correct address (which would be the mailing list address), YAM can help you to work around this problem, offering also some other nice tricks for a good measure.


The Autodetect button will try to guess what To: pattern and To: address data should be used by scanning the first 5 messages in the folder using the Smith&Waterman algorithm to search for similarities between strings. This should make it easier to find the correct mailing list pattern.

Pattern (To:/Cc!:)

Destination address (To!:)

When you reply to a mail contained in this folder, YAM checks if the data in the "To:" field of the original message is matched by the contents of the To: pattern field — if they do, the address entered in the To: address field will be inserted as the recipient instead of the recipient's address contained in the original message.

Sender address (From!:)

Additionally, if you have entered a From: address, this will replace your e-mail address when posting to the mailing list. This is useful if you use different e-mail addresses for different mailing lists, or just want to avoid SPAM.

Reply address (Reply-To!:)

You can also enter a Reply-To: address in case the mailing list software doesn't set this.


Lastly, you can select the signature that will be used by default when replying or posting new messages to this mailing list.

Examples on how to use the mailing list support settings are given in the Tips & tricks chapter.

Last modified 6 years ago Last modified on May 9, 2014, 2:05:28 PM