What is it?

Filters are exactly what they sound like: a way to filter where your mail goes, how it is sorted, if it is read or unread, and if you wish to have it placed in your junk folder! Sometimes, email can be overwhelming. If so, don’t sweat it! Simply change the filter settings of your email to help organize your email before you even read them for the day!

Why is it important?

Staying organized and efficient gets difficult to do the more you have on your plate. Email is something we all actively use, for better and for worse. Looking at your inbox on Sunday night can be a nightmare… Do not fret! With filters, you can easily change the way your email operates, saving you time and brain power when searching through your emails.

How do you use it?

1. Open Gmail.

2. Click the down arrow in your search box. A window that allows you to specify your search criteria will appear.

3. Enter your search criteria. If you want to check that your search worked correctly, click the search button.

4. Click Create filter with this search at the bottom of the search window. If you need to verify the search results, you can click the x to collapse the filter options. Clicking the down arrow again will bring the window back with the same search criteria you entered.

5. Choose the action(s) you want the filter to take.

* To keep organized, many people like to have incoming messages automatically labeled and removed from their inbox until they can look at them later at a more convenient time. If you want to do this, make sure to select Skip the Inbox (Archive it) and Apply the label: when you create your filter.*

6. Click the Create filter

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