Gmail is everyone’s webmail client of choice these days and rightfully so because under the hood it hides a lot of powerful features. Today I’d like to show you a method to automatically organize incoming mail in folders.
To start you need to know about the ‘+’-trick. Each Gmail-user has access to an infinite number of email addresses simply by adding a + and a identifier of your choice. For example, if you’re
email@example.com, you will also receive mail addressed to
You can make use of this by using this new email-address when registering with a website or when setting up mail forwarding from another email address.
Now if you wanted to filter all messages directed to that address, you’d use Gmail’s filtering feature with
firstname.lastname@example.org in the To-field. Unfortunately some emails you receive on the myfilter-address won’t be matched by this filter because they are group mailings or were forwarded automatically.
Luckily Google knows advanced users like advanced search-possibilities so we can create a filter using a very specific mail-header
Delivered-To, which will match everything we want like this:
- Create a new filter by going to Settings > Filters > Create a new filter
- In the field “Has the words:” enter
deliveredto:email@example.com you of course replace with your own filter-email.
- Click “Next Step” and choose your filtering options: assign all matched mails a certain label and let them skip your inbox immediately if you prefer.
- Click “Create Filter” and enjoy your filtered inbox.