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How to use filters in Gmail

Think of filters as the folders of Gmail. You can use them to label messages, archive, delete, star, or automatically forward your mail.
If you get a lot of spam and other annoying messages, this is the best way to get back at the spammers. With the right filters, you can get rid of the spam that gets past your spam filter.

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Filters can also move everything from, say, your aunt who always sends you articles, to a certain place. Or, you can filter messages from your homeowner’s association to make it easy to find what you’re looking for.

You can set up filters in Gmail in a few different ways. One of them is right in your email.

In the search bar at the top, click the icon that says “Show search options.” (It looks like three lines that have been cut through.) Right away, you’ll see a filter menu that lets you make a filter with any of these options:

• Who sent it and who got it (if you have multiple addresses)

• What the subject is about

• Search terms in the email’s body

• How big the email is

• When it was sent or received

• If the email has a file attached.

Type in the things you want to find. To make sure your search worked, click Search and look at the emails that come up. Click Create filter at the bottom of the search window if everything looks good.

When you set up a filter, it will only affect new messages. Also, when someone replies to a message you’ve filtered, the reply will only be filtered if it meets the same search criteria.

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How to set up a Gmail filter in an email

You can also make a filter by using an email you’ve already gotten. This is how:

• Open Gmail.

• Check the box next to the email you want, and then click the three-dot menu that says “More.”

• Click Filter this kind of message.

• Add any other filtering criteria.

• Click on Create filter.

How to change or remove filters in Gmail

If you set up a filter that you don’t like, you can change it or get rid of it. This is how:

• Open Gmail.

• Click Settings (the cog icon) > See all settings in the top right corner.

• Click Filters and Addresses Blocked.

• Look for the filter that you want to change.

• Click “Edit” to make changes or “Delete” to get rid of the filter. If you’re making changes to the filter, when you’re done, click Continue.

• Click OK or Update filter.

Tip: Ideas for Gmail filters

How should you use Google filters? Besides what I’ve already said, here are a few more things to think about.

• Give messages from your most important coworkers the most attention.

• Keep all of your bills, receipts, and proofs of payment in one place.
• Automatically save things like order numbers, tracking numbers, and other things you might want to look up later by marking them with a star.

• Automatically forward messages or answer certain messages with a custom-written template.

• Move messages that aren’t as important or that bother you to a separate place so you can read them when you have time.

Most likely, your inbox is a lot of work. Filters are one of the best ways to get things done and feel calm.

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