Anyone who receives a lot of emails knows that it can
quickly get overwhelming to go through all of them and decide what to do with
each one. The Google Filters feature helps by letting you set criteria for
automatically handling certain types of messages. For example, it can mark
messages from your instructors as Important or delete messages that you know
To set up filters
- Click on the Settings icon. From the pull-down list, choose “Settings.”
- From the Settings menu
choose “Filters and Blocked Addresses.” The
following screen will appear:
Click on “Create a new filter.” The following pop-up dialog will appear:
- Type in the criteria you want the filter to affect. For example, if you want to create a filter based on all email from firstname.lastname@example.org, you would type “email@example.com” into the From field.
- As soon as you have entered a criterion, the “Create filter with this search” text will appear in blue in the bottom right corner of the dialog. When you have finished entering criteria, click on this “Create filter” text. The following pop-up dialog will appear:
- Let’s say you want all emails
from this address marked as both Read and Important, so that you don’t have to
handle them right away but can find them if you search for Important messages later. You would click on both the “Mark as read” and “Always mark it as important”
checkboxes. If you wanted this filter applied to existing messages, you would click
on the “Also apply filter to matching conversations” checkbox. Finally, you would click on the “Create filter” button.
- The next time you go into the
Settings screens and choose Filters, the filter you just created automatically
appears on your list:
Note that there are options for editing or deleting the filter.
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