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Label Gmail automatically via filters
One of the biggest obstacles to emptying your inbox quickly is the need to scan and prioritise incoming messages.
Having all of your email in one inbox is great, but it does complicate the task of sorting the messages that require immediate attention from those that can wait. One solution is to have Gmail automatically do the prioritising for you by applying filters to incoming mail.
The easiest way to create a filter is to open an example of the message that you want Gmail to act on, and then choose More Actions, Filter messages like these.
Gmail will display the filter criteria that it has chosen in the sample message (often the From: address), along with a list of messages in your account that the filter would detect.
Add or remove criteria by altering the contents of the various fields provided, and click Test Search to see how your changes affect the search results.
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