Techie Tip of the Week: Automate Gmail Using Filters

Last year, we talked about automating the handling of your email by setting up rules using Apple Mail, Outlook, and Stanford Email (Zimbra).

This week, since many are moving to Gmail (undergraduate students were migrated over the summer, and some departments have converted to Gmail), we thought we’d cover how to do a similar function in Gmail.

Filters are rules that you can set up that are applied you open your mail. For example, you can set up a rule to automatically shunt all email from your supervisor into a special label. Or suppose you want all email from your favorite email distribution list to be starred automatically. Or automatically archive or delete email messages. Filters can do that automatically for you!

To set up a filter in Gmail:

  1. Click the Gear icon (located in the upper right corner of the Gmail window) and select Settings.
  2. Click Filters.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of your screen and click Create a new filter.
  4. Enter your filter conditions and criteria.For example, to create a filter to isolate all of the email from your boss, put the boss’s email address in the From field.Or to filter out all the email messages in your account with the word  “widget”, enter “widget” in the Has the words field.

    Then, click Create filter with this search.

  5. Select the desired action.To have the filter also use email that is currently in your Inbox (as opposed to just email that will come in after you create the filter), click Also apply filter to matching conversations.For example, to have messages that meet the criteria chosen in step 4 be automatically starred, the label boss applied to them, and automatically marked as important, check the appropriate checkbox.
  6. Click Create filter to finalize the filter.

 

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