Maybe you’re getting too many emails sent to you from a particular sender and it’s clogging up your inbox. Or maybe there’s an automated email that’s sent to you every day that takes up space. Whatever reason you might have, setting up filtering rules for your emails can be work wonders to de-clutter your inbox.

Filtering your emails doesn’t mean that they disappear, on the contrary, it just means they’re better organized. You can setup criteria, and if an email is sent to you that meets that criteria, it will be sent to its own special folder.

Read below to learn how to setup filtering rules in Gmail:

  1. Login to your Gmail account.
  2. Click on the down arrow in the search bar located at the top of your screen.
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  1. Enter the fields you’d like to filter. You can filter by:
  • From: Who the email’s from
  • To: Who you’re sending the email to
  • Subject: Filter emails for an exact subject title
  • Has the Words: Filter for emails that includes specific words
  • Doesn’t Have: Filter for emails that excludes specific words

For Example, here’s a filter rule that filters every single email from “Joe” that has the words “Report” in it:

  1. Click “Create filter”

  1. Select the most appropriate place for your emails to go. Now you can decide what to do with an email that matches that criteria. Some of the most common ways to organize these emails would be to archive them, apply a label to them, or even delete them. For example, here we’ve sent every email that matches our criteria to skip our inbox, and we’ve labeled it “Get to later”.

  1. Click “Create Filter” and you’re done!