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Thunderbird Folder Confusion. Can't find deleted messages/Trash.

I find the system of folders in thunderbird totally confusing. Messages completely disappear when deleted instead of going into one of the folders. I created new folders which I cannot delete again. So I have several folders by the same name. What are " virtual folders" in addition to "folders"? What I need is just folders for incoming messages, sent messages, junk messages, and deleted messages. Now I have two waste basket folders but they don't work. I have a second incoming messages folder with a sub-folder entitled junk and cannot get rid of these folders. I could live with all those unnecessary and undeletable folders if I could move deleted messages properly into the waste folder instead into some nirvana. I admit I'm not an computer expert. But there should be a way for a normal person to deal with this folder confusion.
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