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Filter Emails Geniusly With Gmail

Geek Tip: Playing With Your Gmail Account

Did you know the periods in your gmail address don't mean a thing? That's right, if you signed up as, you'd still get emails sent to You'll even get emails sent to, for the wiseacres in your family. Ooh, and anything sent to "googlemail" instead of "gmail." Honestly, it's the little things that blow my mind (and btw, none of the above email addresses belong to us!).

More usefully, you can add a plus sign to the end of your address, and then you can set up folders in your email that coordinate with that. For instance, say you open an online account with WellsFargo. When you sign up, give your email address as "", then in Settings, set up a filter. In the From box, add in WellsFargo or your chosen bank, in the To box, put in your newly-created address, and the set the filter to put in a folder titled "banking." You can also use this technique when you sign up for something and send their emails to you directly to the trash!

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Sirmelja Sirmelja 7 years
That's fascinating! I had no idea.
barterbabe barterbabe 8 years
Smokin' this is something I need to do with mine.
bibelot bibelot 9 years
Hmm, that should help me stay organized. Thanks! :-)
hey1tsjenny hey1tsjenny 9 years
pretty darn cool.
vitisva vitisva 9 years
This was awesome. And helpful for me since I am a CIS major.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
This is great! Thanks for the tip!
MsTrisBeats MsTrisBeats 9 years
I've linked to you..pretty new to blogging but this is great! Thanks
chocolatepasta chocolatepasta 9 years
great tips!
bobaxteagirl bobaxteagirl 9 years
Very helpful thanks for the tip!
injustica injustica 9 years
wow! I'll definitely be trying out the '+' tricks!
refinnej refinnej 9 years
Missy-Prissy Missy-Prissy 9 years
um, you sort of confused me with the + sign thing but the . thing is awesome. I never knew that. I almost want to go practice. Do tell: does the meaningless . only apply to gmail or all providers?
Deba22 Deba22 9 years
So helpful!!
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
It's actually not that cool. I never knew this...but it explains why I get emails for sarahmorrison. I wonder if she gets my sarah.morrison emails. I guess she probably does. I'm thinking of changing it.
shini shini 9 years
what a great tip!! thanks :D
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Thank you for the tips, very useful.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
thats handy =D
Demani Demani 9 years
The + thing should actually work on all mail servers- it's supposed to be a standard, though not all servers support it. It's pretty cool, but some sites don't accept emails with + in them which can put a damper on things. Still- very handy when it does.
Devilish-Belle Devilish-Belle 9 years
Thanks so much for the tips; I love my gmail account and am always looking for ways to make it even more great!
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Dude ... that is so awesome! Thanks much!!!
nikki_ nikki_ 9 years
Cool! Will make sure to try that...
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