Inbox clutter? Here’s a surefire way to keep your email in check

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How to use Gmail filters

Think of filters as a Gmail alternative to folders. Use it to automatically label, archive, delete, star, or forward messages.

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Filters are also useful for conveying everything from your aunt, for example, who never stops sending articles to one specific place. Or filter messages from HOA to easily find what you need.

There are two ways to set up filters in Gmail. One of your inbox.

Hit Show search options An icon in the search bar at the top. (It looks like three lines with slashes in it.) A filter menu will open immediately allowing you to create a filter using any of these parameters:

Sender and recipient (if you have multiple addresses)

Topic Contents

Keywords within the email body

Email size

The date it was sent or received

Whether the email contains an attachment

Enter your search criteria. To check that your search is working correctly, watch the click-through emails seek. If everything looks good, click Create filter at the bottom of the search window.

Only new messages will be affected when a filter is created. Another thing to keep in mind: when someone responds to a message you filtered, the reply will only be filtered if it meets the same search criteria.

Think of filters as a Gmail alternative to folders.  Use it to automatically label, archive, delete, star, or forward messages.

Think of filters as a Gmail alternative to folders. Use it to automatically label, archive, delete, star, or forward messages.
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How to create a Gmail filter inside a message

Another way to create a filter is from within an email you’ve already received. Here’s how:

to open Gmail.

check the check box next to the email you want, then tap more (It’s a three-point list.)

click Filter messages like this.

Enter any additional filter criteria.

click Create a filter.

How to edit or delete Gmail filters

If you don’t like the filter you set up, you can modify or delete it. Here’s how:

to open Gmail.

In the upper right, click Settings (gear symbol) > View all settings.

click Filters and blocked addresses.

Find the filter you want to change.

click release to change it or delete to remove the filter. If you are editing the filter, tap Complete When you are done editing.

click Filter update or yes.

Pro tip: Filter ideas in Gmail

What is the best way to use Google filters? Aside from what I mentioned above, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Prioritize messages from your most important colleagues.

Save receipts, invoices, and payment confirmations in one place.

Automatically star important things for archiving – order numbers, tracking numbers, and other things for later reference.

Forward messages automatically or reply to specific messages automatically with a custom pre-written template.

Send less important or annoying messages to one place so you can read them at your leisure instead of leaving them in your inbox.

Chances are, your inbox is stressful. Filters are one of the best solutions for productivity and peace of mind.

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Another way to create a filter is from within an email you've already received

Another way to create a filter is from within an email you’ve already received
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