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Six ways to get more from Gmail

Make Google email do more

There's much more to Google's free email service than an inbox. Here's how to turn Gmail into a major productivity booster.

Creating Gmail filters

When you are satisfied with your filter's search criteria, click Next Step to determine what actions Gmail should take on the matching messages. Two obvious actions are Skip the Inbox (Archive it) and Apply the label.

Check both of these, and select a label from the drop-down list. If you'd like to apply the filter to the messages in your test search results too, check the Also apply filter to... option and then click Create Filter to shunt incoming messages that match your filter criteria directly to a folder.

You can create filters that forward messages to other email addresses, apply Gmail's star flag, mark messages as read, or delete them--in effect hyper-prioritizing, delegating, or utterly ignoring specific projects or people before they arrive in your inbox. You have the power. Use it wisely. To view, edit, or delete your filters, choose Settings, Filters.


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