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Setting up message filters

In Gmail you can set up filters to perform actions on incoming mail that meets criteria that you establish. For example, you can create a filter to send mail from your boss to a folder labeled "IMPORTANT." Below are some basic instructions for setting up filters. Note that filters can be very powerful, so select your criteria carefully to avoid unexpected results.

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Go to the Gear icon and choose Settings.

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Go to the Filters tab.

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Choose Create a new filter (bottom center of screen).

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Fill out the desired criteria. You can search the criteria to make sure the results are what you want. When you are satisfied with the criteria, click on Create a filter with this search.

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In the next screen define what you want Gmail to do with the search results.
Note that you can:

  • Run a search on your existing email (checkbox at bottom “Also apply filter...”)
  • Send it to the archive (not stored in your inbox)
  • Delete it
  • Apply labels
  • Never send it to SPAM (whitelist)
  • Send a canned response
  • And more.
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For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu