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How to create a Gmail filter

Tired of manually placing incoming email into folders? Exhausted from deleting junk email and reporting it as spam? a Gmail filter is the answer you need.

Gmail filters allow to apply a certain treatment to your flow of incoming mail. With a Gmail filter, you can label mails, add a star, move to a folder or even to spam.

Here is how to do it:

  • Go to your Gmail account
  • in the search area, click on the down arrow
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Figure: the down arrow is at the right of the search box.
  • type your search criteria. For example, I’m going to search for all emails coming from Neil Patel
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Figure: Typing “Neil Patel” in the “From” section of the search box.
  • To create a filter, click on the bottom link Create filter with this search
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Figure: Click on the link to launch the Filter setup menu
  • set the type of action you’d like to see. For example, I’m going to direct all incoming mails from Neil Patel to a new folder called Blogging. Note that, in Gmail, folders are associated with “labels”. Two mails with different labels will be put in two different folders.
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Figure: Selecting the actions to perform
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Figure: creating a new label
  • set the checkbox Also apply filter to matching conversations.
Figure: Apply settings to past conversations.
Figure: Apply settings to past conversations.
  • Click on Create filter button.
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Figure: Click on Create filter once done.

I hope your Gmail experience will become more pleasant with this easy tutorial.

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